Install Linux On Chromebook – Linux is the best-known and most-used open source operating system. As an operating system, Linux is software that sits underneath all of the other software on a computer, receiving requests from those programs and relaying these requests to the computer’s hardware.
Chromebooks are so simple to use and maintain that even a young child can handle them. However, if you want to push the envelope, you can install Linux. While it doesn’t cost any money to put a Linux operating system on a Chromebook, it is nonetheless a complex process and not for the feint of heart. Once you’ve finished our walkthrough, you’ll be able to toggle between Linux and Chrome OS with a keyboard shortcut.
How To Install Linux On Chromebook
For this process, we’re going to use Crouton, a flavor of Linux which supports a wide-range of Chromebooks.
- While the Chromebook is on, hold ESC + Refresh and then click the Power button. Your screen will go dark, and you can then release the keys.
- Do not worry when you see a screen that says Chrome OS is missing or damaged, or one that asks you to insert a USB drive. Click CTRL + D.
- Press Enter, and expect to watch a series of processes happen while you sit back and wait. You’ll get a 30-second countdown to change your mind and then the computer will start Preparing for Developer Mode. This will take several minutes and erases any data on the Chromebook’s solid state drive.
- Watch as your screen displays multiple messages that explain that the system is moving to Developer Mode, which deletes all of your local files, which I mentioned above.
- You’ll see an OS Verification is Off screen. Continue to wait.
- Click Let’s go, and then sign into your Google account and local network, as Developer Mode cleared your account and network information.
- Open Chrome.
- Navigate to this URL: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton.
- Click the Goo.gl URL next to “Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment.” A Crouton file will download.
- Click Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window tab.
- Type “shell” (without the quotations) next to crosh> and hit Enter.
- If you’re using a touchscreen Chromebook, type “sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -e -t touch,xfce” next to “chronos@localhost / $” and hit enter. If you’re using a non-touchscreen Chromebook, type “sudo sh ~/Downloads/crouton -e -t xfce” instead, and hit Enter.
- Enter a new password you’ll use for Chromium and click Enter.
- Verify your new password by entering it again, and click Enter.
- Enter an encryption passphrase, which is essentially a second password, and click Enter.
- Confirm that passphrase by entering it again, and click Enter.
- Time to watch a lot of code fly across your screen, and it lasts a while. You’re waiting for a prompt that asks you to enter a username.
- Type in a username for your Linux account and hit Enter when prompted.
- Type in a third new password, which will be the password for your Linux account, andclick Enter.
- Retype that password to confirm, and click Enter.
- Type “sudo startxfce4” and hit Enter.
- You’re now in Linux on your Chromebook!
- You can move between Chrome OS and Linux with Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Forward. If you don’t see a Forward key (it’s not on our PixelBook), you’ll use Ctrl+Alt+Back and Ctrl+Alt+Refresh instead.
You have now seen how you can install Linux on Chromebook. Although it is long, but, the process is quite straightforward. However, if you have any challenge, the comment box is open for you.