Installing Linux on a Chromebook: What you need to know

Installing Linux on a Chromebook isn’t difficult–if you know what you’re doing.

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Chromebooks are more powerful than you realize already, but zooming around the web in Google’s browser is just the beginning of what Chromebooks are capable of.  Chrome OS is built on top of the Linux kernel, and you can install a full Linux environment alongside Chrome OS on your Chromebook. This gives you access to Steam and over a thousand PC gamesMinecraft, Skype, and everything else that runs on desktop Linux. ARM vs. Intel:   If you do plan on getting a Chromebook and using Linux on it, you should consider whether it has an ARM chip or an Intel chip.  ARM-based Chromebooks can use a full Linux environment too, but they’re cut off from a whole ecosystem of closed-source software designed for traditional x86-based PC chips—including Steam and all its games. If you’re planning on running desktop Linux, get an Intel-based Chromebook. You could even use Steam’s in-home streaming to stream games running on a gaming PC to a Chromebook. But this isn’t possible an on ARM Chromebook, as Steam only runs on Intel CPUs.

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