Running Linux on a Chromebook


Although Chrome OS is competent at handling web-based workloads, by design it’s light on features compared to a full desktop operating system, which is presumably where many of its users are coming from. Fortunately, if you’re on Google’s operating system and wish it was a little more flexible, it’s possible to install a fully functional copy of Linux on many Chrome devices.

Options range from running a Live USB drive outside of Chrome OS to installing a firmware mod for a traditional dual-boot configuration. And of course, you can also overwrite Google’s OS in favor of Linux. However, these routes are less practical than simply running Linux in the background of Chrome OS on a separate USB drive/SD card, which is what we’ll be focusing on here.

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