Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This was bound to happen...

And then just like that ... took an update and blam... End of support notification from my "friends" at google.  I guess that means it is time to reflash my rom and install a real linux system on this still perfectly usable piece of hardware even though google apparently thinks I should just throw it in a landfill somewhere.

Here is a closeup of what corporate greed looks like...

Yes, don't mind if I do upgrade... to real linux that is.

PS: The deed is done! Thanks to this very helpful website and a short afternoon of work reflashing a new ROM and installing lubuntu 16.04 LTS...


I even went UEFI boot and that was relatively painless too!

I will probably look into donating to mrchromebox when I get a bit more time.

The cure:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Okay after thrashing about for the best part of a day on my lubuntu server.... I finally discovered the magic incantation to autostart vino service on a logged in desktop on it...

  • You must place a fully qualified path to a startup script in the following file:


  • My content line for this was:
If it will run in a gui terminal, or a text terminal for that matter, it will run and start and keep going here.