Skip to main content

Dart on a Chromebook: Success!

I finally have a viable approach to editing Dart directly on a Chromebook running ChromeOS! The usual approach to developing Dart code on a Chromebook is to use Chrome Remote Desktop to connect to another development machine. However, I wanted an approach that would let me develop in Dart while offline, for instance if I'm giving a talk on Dart and my internet connection goes down.

Crouton is a set of scripts based around debootstrap that bundle up into an easy-to-use, Chromium OS-centric Ubuntu chroot generator. Using Crouton, I was able to create a chroot running a basic Ubuntu setup. Within the chroot, I was able to install a JDK and then Dart Editor. Everything works, as you can see in the picture. I can switch back and forth between XFCE and ChromeOS's desktop using a key combination, and everything still runs at native speed since it's just a simple chroot.

I got everything working on my wife's Samsung Series 5 Chromebook running an Intel Atom processor. I have a newer ARM-based Chromebook, but there is currently no ARM port of the Dart VM. I used the 32-bit version of the JDK and the 32-bit version of Dart Editor.

I'm pretty excited that this works because this is one of the few things that was preventing me from fully switching to a Chromebook :) Now, all I need to do is get my hands on a Chromebook Pixel!


lch said…
Sweet! This makes the chromebook pixel viables as my next machine :)
jjinux said…
Unknown said…
Nice! I got it working too using a similar technique :)

The main issue with it on the Pixel -- the high DPI of the retina display makes most of the Linux desktops look really bad (very tiny!). You can fix the fonts, but I haven't found anything yet to uniformly scale the UI.
jjinux said…
Good tip, thanks. Have you gotten copy-and-paste to work between the two desktops? I've gotten to a point where I have a proof-of-concept working, but I haven't gotten to the point where it's a really enjoyable setup.
Unknown said…
Hi shannon ! I am trying to do the same thing on my new chromebook since 2 days but no results. Can you tell us about the way to install Dart editor on linux xfce with crouton please ?
I am a student trying to lurn Dart but i'm not an expert on linux :(
jjinux said…
David, make sure you have an Intel-based Chromebook. It won't work on ARM.

Make sure you're on the Linux side of Crouton.

Then, install the JDK.

Finally, install Dart Editor.

Actually, once you get Crouton installed, it's pretty much the same as installing Dart Editor on any other Linux.

Sorry, I can't give you exact instructions. I don't have a Chromebook anymore.
Unknown said…
OK Thank you Shannon i wil try it right now and let you know how is it going !
Unknown said…
crouton xfce on acer won't open zips from download.. i'll post my fails/success until it works.. that way if anyone comes here they can stop looking :D
Unknown said…
hells bells.. can't launch the editor... gives me the option to add to panel.. not sure what i'm doing.. driving me nuts...
jjinux said…
Peter, it sounds like you're at the point where it has less to do with the Chromebook and more to do with basic Linux usage. Find a buddy who knows Linux, and I bet he can help you!

For instance, to open up zips without using a GUI, install unzip:

sudo apt-get install unzip

Popular posts from this blog

Ubuntu 20.04 on a 2015 15" MacBook Pro

I decided to give Ubuntu 20.04 a try on my 2015 15" MacBook Pro. I didn't actually install it; I just live booted from a USB thumb drive which was enough to try out everything I wanted. In summary, it's not perfect, and issues with my camera would prevent me from switching, but given the right hardware, I think it's a really viable option. The first thing I wanted to try was what would happen if I plugged in a non-HiDPI screen given that my laptop has a HiDPI screen. Without sub-pixel scaling, whatever scale rate I picked for one screen would apply to the other. However, once I turned on sub-pixel scaling, I was able to pick different scale rates for the internal and external displays. That looked ok. I tried plugging in and unplugging multiple times, and it didn't crash. I doubt it'd work with my Thunderbolt display at work, but it worked fine for my HDMI displays at home. I even plugged it into my TV, and it stuck to the 100% scaling I picked for the othe

ERNOS: Erlang Networked Operating System

I've been reading Dreaming in Code lately, and I really like it. If you're not a dreamer, you may safely skip the rest of this post ;) In Chapter 10, "Engineers and Artists", Alan Kay, John Backus, and Jaron Lanier really got me thinking. I've also been thinking a lot about Minix 3 , Erlang , and the original Lisp machine . The ideas are beginning to synthesize into something cohesive--more than just the sum of their parts. Now, I'm sure that many of these ideas have already been envisioned within , LLVM , Microsoft's Singularity project, or in some other place that I haven't managed to discover or fully read, but I'm going to blog them anyway. Rather than wax philosophical, let me just dump out some ideas: Start with Minix 3. It's a new microkernel, and it's meant for real use, unlike the original Minix. "This new OS is extremely small, with the part that runs in kernel mode under 4000 lines of executable code.&quo

Haskell or Erlang?

I've coded in both Erlang and Haskell. Erlang is practical, efficient, and useful. It's got a wonderful niche in the distributed world, and it has some real success stories such as CouchDB and Haskell is elegant and beautiful. It's been successful in various programming language competitions. I have some experience in both, but I'm thinking it's time to really commit to learning one of them on a professional level. They both have good books out now, and it's probably time I read one of those books cover to cover. My question is which? Back in 2000, Perl had established a real niche for systems administration, CGI, and text processing. The syntax wasn't exactly beautiful (unless you're into that sort of thing), but it was popular and mature. Python hadn't really become popular, nor did it really have a strong niche (at least as far as I could see). I went with Python because of its elegance, but since then, I've coded both p