Update: The Secure Shell Native Client Chrome app now supports ARM chromebooks, and provides a better overall experience than the following.
Samsung’s ARM-based Chromebook is still the #1 Best Seller in Laptop Computers on Amazon, and rightly so! Unfortunately for many of us, the Secure Shell chrome app doesn’t work properly on ARM yet. That could be a deal breaker, right? Not so! Chrome may not have a built-in terminal, but ChromeOS does, even (with some restrictions) when not in Developer Mode, and it has an SSH client.
I don’t allow passwords to connect to my servers, only keypairs. To use an ssh private key you have to jump through some extra hoops.
- Download your key to the
Downloadsdirectory. I keep an encrypted copy of my key in Google Drive.
Ctrl-Alt-Tto open a terminal tab.
- At the
crosh>prompt, type the following:
key <your-key-filename>(not the full path)
Welcome to crosh, type 'help' for a list of commands. crosh> ssh ssh> user newbie ssh> host server.domain.com ssh> key id_rsa ssh> connect Enter passphrase for key '/home/chronos/user/.ssh/key-d0395ccd-28c4-4460-8d71-39c797bfb0ee': Last login: Tue Jan 15 21:48:48 2013 from some-ip.isp.net newbie@server:~$