Install Linux Apps On Chromebook

Today we’ll be installing Ubuntu on your Chromebook, while preserving your original ChromeOS system.

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Jan 21, 2020. Dec 31, 2019 Best Linux Apps for Chromebook. After enabling Linux, you can see a terminal in your app drawer which can help you to install, update, remove apps. GIMP is a popular Photoshop alternative, and since, Photoshop doesn’t work on Linux, we can use GIMP for photo editing needs.

We will use a third-party script called crouton to install Ubuntu using a chroot, giving Ubuntu its own “pretend” root directory system on your machine. This lets you run ChromeOS and Ubuntu side-by-side, being able to flip between the two on-the-fly.

What you’ll learn

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  • How to put your Chromebook into developer mode
  • How to install Ubuntu in a chroot on it
  • Practical and entertaining uses for Ubuntu on Chromebooks
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What you’ll need

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  • A Chromebook (Intel/ARM CPU)
  • Some basic command-line knowledge
  • At least 1 GB of free storage space

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crouton is not part of the Ubuntu project
While we love the value that crouton provides, please note that crouton is a third-party script. It is not provided by nor supported by Canonical nor by the Ubuntu project. Updates to Chrome OS may also make Ubuntu installations inaccessible, as has happened in the past. Use of crouton is at your own risk.

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NVidia Tegra CPUs
The Tegra CPU needs additional drivers not covered in this tutorial. We will add a tutorial covering this in the future (or why not contribute one?).