I posted a question about the crouton tool for creating an ubuntu environment in chrome os, but it was put on hold as off-topic. The question is this:

I attempted several times to use the crouton tool to have Ubuntu 12.04 with the unity desktop on my Google ChromeBook. Every time I tried it, it would work the first time after being set up. However, when I shut the Ubuntu machine down and went back to Chrome OS, then went back in, the desktop background would load, but the toolbar on the side of the screen and the bar at the top would not appear.

I would end up with it sitting there, just the cursor on the standard Ubuntu desktop background. I got around this by using the gnome desktop, but I much prefer Unity and would like to be able to use it on my new ChromeBook.

Does anyone know why this happened or if there is some way for me to avoid it or fix it?

I looked around and found another question about crouton, that has been around for two years and has an answer. It is here: https://askubuntu.com/questions/348383/chromebook-crouton-ram-limit

In fact, there are several:

My question is this. Why was my question put on hold as off-topic, when all of these other questions were allowed to go on for years and even have answers? And if my question was put on hold for a different reason, what was it?

  • related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/8025/… < although about "crubuntu". not "crouton" crouton might be further from stock ubuntu
    – Mateo
    Apr 3, 2015 at 1:50
  • meta.askubuntu.com/questions/6690/…
    – Mateo
    Apr 3, 2015 at 1:53
  • meta.askubuntu.com/questions/24/…
    – Mateo
    Apr 3, 2015 at 1:54
  • plus your question was specifically about the installation and hardware side, so unless people "own" that same chromebook they can't help...
    – Mateo
    Apr 3, 2015 at 1:56
  • 3
    Thanks for notifying us. I'll be voting to close these questions as off-topic as well.
    – muru
    Apr 3, 2015 at 3:42
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    I would dump anything crouton in unix and linux SE.
    – user371765
    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:28
  • There is a simple fact about crouton. IT IS UBUNTU!
    – Ecko
    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:56
  • And what do you mean by "own"?
    – Ecko
    Apr 3, 2015 at 12:59
  • @Serg - consider posting that as an answer. Along those lines, questions on crouton have become quite common, perhaps add it to the list here - askubuntu.com/help/on-topic
    – Panther
    Apr 14, 2015 at 12:48
  • @bodhi.zazen Posted. Shall i delete the comment ? Apr 14, 2015 at 12:56
  • @Serg - up to you. Comments tend to get lost and I did not see your the first time I looked (sorry )
    – Panther
    Apr 14, 2015 at 13:01
  • @XamuelDvorak purchace, buy, aquire, personally own. I can't instruct on installing on that type of chromebook without owning one, as the install and kernel are altered to a point that normal installation procedures are not the same
    – Mateo
    Jun 7, 2015 at 15:26
  • @Mateo But why the quotes?
    – Ecko
    Jun 7, 2015 at 16:53

2 Answers 2


Crouton is just another boot-loader¹, so once Crouton got Ubuntu up-and-running, it's just plain old Ubuntu (without grub) and questions about Ubuntu are on-topic!

However, questions about the Crouton boot process itself are off-topic!

Clear and simple... :-)

¹Technically, it's not a boot loader: it's a chroot, but 90% of users who see this answer won't know what a chroot is so...

  • Doesn't crouton run Ubuntu in a chroot? github.com/dnschneid/crouton/blob/…
    – mchid
    Oct 27, 2016 at 6:21
  • @mchid: Yes... So what are you trying to say?
    – Fabby
    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:04
  • It's just that a chroot is a bit different than a boot loader and I think it depends on the host machine kernel for some stuff. A chroot environment may also encounter permission issues within certain parts of the filesystem depending on how it is implemented.
    – mchid
    Oct 28, 2016 at 20:01
  • @mchid: Sigh Happy now? ;-)
    – Fabby
    Oct 28, 2016 at 20:50

Askubuntu is more for officially supported versions, such as unity ubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu, gnome ubuntu, kubuntu , and edubuntu. Crouton isn't officially supported , hence off-topic. Same with Linux Mint - even if under the hood it's all one big debian family, it's still different distribution

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    Along those lines, questions on crouton have become quite common, perhaps add it to the list here - askubuntu.com/help/on-topic
    – Panther
    Apr 14, 2015 at 13:01
  • Exactly. At least allow questions about the Ubuntu side of it, since it's really just Ubuntu within a Chrome OS file system.
    – Ecko
    Apr 14, 2015 at 17:48

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