Finally, it would be much easier to run Linux on our Chromebook. Previously, we have to use virtual terminals to run the open source operating system. Fortunately, a couple of engineers from Google and Crouton have developed an extension that can run Ubuntu or Debian in a typical window within the Chrome OS UI.

Although the extension will eventually make using Linux much easier on Chromebook, the actual installation procedure isn’t for the faint of heart. First of all, we need to use the Chromebook in developer mode and use the Crouton extension, which is available in the Chrome Web store. Then, users could tinker with the terminal commands and followed by installing our Linux distribution of choice.

One rather big criticism about Chromebooks is that these machines are limited only web-related tasks. Therefore, they would be next to useless when we do any offline things. Apparently this won’t be the case if we are able to run a Linux distribution in a desktop window. It would be possible to squeeze a bit more capability put of these dirt-cheap computing machines. Some important desktop software, such as Microsoft Office, Skype and Photoshop have moved to the web. These machines are also able to run specific Android apps. It is actually possible to install Wine on the Linux windows and this could coax standard offline, Windows software into working on Chromebooks.

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