Now Install Linux on Google Chromebooks Easily

chrome-linuxChromebooks, the lightweight, web-focused laptops from Google that ship with the mostly open source ChromeOS, have ironically not tended to play overly nicely with other Linux distributions. But now that’s changed, thanks to updates from Google that make it easier to boot and install any open source Linux operating system on the devices.

As dedicated Linux fans will know, installing different Linux distributions on Chromebooks has long been possible. There’s also long been strong motivation to do so, since many of today’s leading Linux distributions, including Fedora and Ubuntu, offer a lot more features than ChromeOS, which really only works well if you do all of your work inside a Web browser. The traditional method for running an operating system other than ChromeOS on Chromebooks, however, involved a bit of work, most of it in the command line.