I recently posted my first question to SO, with the intent of answering it myself, but it was closed as off-topic before I could provide an answer.
I suppose it's not strictly about programming, but rather about configuration of a machine for programming. I read through the etiquette, and learned before I posted that it was OK to self-answer. I could set up a personal blog to answer this, but thought it would be easier to post on SO.
I learned a bit about setting up Ubuntu on the Chromebook, and I think my answer could be of help to others in the same situation; but want to be sure it fits in the context of SO. Could you provide insight as to where to go from here?