Google’s Chromebooks can now run Linux, François Beaufort, former frequent Chrome hacker who was hired by Google in 2013, revealed on a Google+ post. To run Linux, users will essentially have to enable developer mode, and use a Chrome extension named Crouton Chrome. Also Read - MediaTek to supply 6nm chipsets for Chromebooks in 2021
Chromebook computers run on Google’s ChromeOS, which isn’t as full-fledged as Windows, OS X, or most Linux distributions for that matter. Google, however, has added several handy features to the operating system in the last couple of months. Chromebooks now support offline video playback and also lets users run a handful of Android applications. Also Read - This Thunderbolt vulnerability puts millions of PCs in danger
People have also found several workarounds to make the Intel-powered Chromebooks run Linux distribution alongside Chrome OS on dual-boot. However, it wasn’t possible to run Linux without all such technical troubles and a series of codes. In the post, Beaufort says that Google has recently added a long patch to the operating system to enable this functionality. Also Read - CES 2020: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet and IdeaPad Flex 5 with Chrome OS launched
If your Chromebook is in Developer Mode, all you need to do is install the Crouton Chrome Integration extension, download crouton, and on the shell type “sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton t unity,extension”(without the quotes).