Chrome OS Linux: Installing a Graphical App Store Part 2 [A]

Introduction

In the last post I described how to install and use the “graphical app storeGnome Software Center in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS.

Here follows part 2 of this series, which deals with the installation and use of KDE Discover.

Important Notes

Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.

Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional

If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂

Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.

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Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!

How to update Linux and its applications [A]

Before you now start installing the KDE Discover you should take a look at my post about activating Linux and the first steps after that. Especially the check for available updates, and their installation should be done as always before installing a new application. Here again, the necessary commands for doing this:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
apt get update & upgrade in the Terminal of the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
apt get update & upgrade in the Terminal of the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

How to start the installation of KDE Discover [A]

Then we can start! With the following command, you can install the KDE Discover on your Chrome OS device:

sudo apt install plasma-discover

If you are confident, you must confirm this with “y” again:

Installation of KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS started | Image: cyldx.com
Installation of KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS started | Image: cyldx.com

The installation can take quite a while. So just be patient and watch the system’s progress bar or just keep surfing the internet:

Installation of KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS — Progress | Image: cyldx.com
Installation of KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS — Progress | Image: cyldx.com

Once the installation is complete, your screen should look something like the following screenshot:

Installation of KDE Discover end
Installation of KDE Discover finished in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

How to find and start KDE Discover in the system [E]

Then I would recommend that you restart your Chrome OS device once. When this is done, you should be able to start the KDE Discover just like any other app on your system:

How to start KDE Discover in Chrome OS' launcher | Image: cyldx.com
How to start KDE Discover in Chrome OS‘ launcher | Image: cyldx.com

How to change the language of KDE Discover [A]

In this post, I described how you could activate the Linux under Chrome OS, language packs of your native language, and change the system language. That also works afterward! But it may be necessary to reboot the system.

How to find an application in KDE Discover [A]

KDE Discover will look like this:

KDE Discover completely started in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
KDE Discover completely started in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

How to install an application with KDE Discover [A]

If you now want to install a specific application, you can navigate through the categories or use the integrated search function:

Looking for an app in KDE Discover — Progress | Image: cyldx.com
Looking for an app in KDE Discover — Progress | Image: cyldx.com

Clicking on the area marked red in the screenshot opens the information page of the application found by the search. From there you can start the installation of the application by clicking on the “Install” button:

KDE Discover installing an app
Image: own screenshot of the author

A progress bar then appears in the information page of the application:

Installing an app with KDE Discover — Progress | Image: cyldx.com
Installing an app with KDE Discover — Progress | Image: cyldx.com

Depending on the application and, of course, the performance of your Chrome OS device, the installation can take a few minutes, an hour, or even longer. If the installation of the application is now complete, you can start it from the information page with the “Launch” button or (possibly only after a restart and starting the terminal or another Linux application) just like any other app:

Launching an app from KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
Launching an app from KDE Discover in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

How to launch installed applications [A]

In this example of Krita, a splash screen appears to show the progress in opening the required files:

KDE Discover launching in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
KDE Discover launching in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

After a short loading time the program appears as follows:

KDE Discover completely started in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com
KDE Discover completely started in the Linux Mode of Chrome OS | Image: cyldx.com

In the post about how to install and use the “graphical app store” Gnome Software Center in the Linux of Chrome OS, I included more information about Krita. More information will follow in a special post about this.

Back to KDE Discover: As described here in the post, you can now install and use numerous applications without a Linux terminal and cryptic commands with just one click!

How to find Linux applications in the system [E]

Almost all Linux applications can be found after installation via the system search or manual selection in the launcher:

How to find Linux Applications in Chrome OS' Launcher | Image: cyldx.com
How to find Linux Applications in Chrome OS’ Launcher | Image: cyldx.com

If you now open these “Linux Apps,” the following overview appears:

Linux applications in Chrome OS' Launcher | Image: cyldx.com
Linux applications in Chrome OS’ Launcher | Image: cyldx.com

Have fun with it! 🙂


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Updates

06/16/2020: Added notes on system language in case you want to use the Gnome Software Center in a different language than English.

Marcel aka Ravolos

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2 thoughts on “Chrome OS Linux: Installing a Graphical App Store Part 2 [A]

  • January 19, 2022 at 8:03 pm
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    Thank you so much for these clear instructions on how to install these graphical app stores. I’ve never used Linux so when I got my Chromebook first app I wanted to install was Firefox. Using the terminal was a chore since I couldn’t seem to find such clear instructions like you’ve done on your site. Then it didn’t seem like it installed right so I never used it. So hopefully this will help install apps easier. And let me slowly learn how to use Linux terminal.

    Oh I found your site when Googling about Keepass so might try the Linux version at it. Right now I’m using Keepass2Android which is ok but miss some of the features of the full Keepass program. Again THANK YOU!

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    • January 21, 2022 at 4:34 pm
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      You’re welcome! Enjoy! 🙂

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