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How to activate Linux applications on Chrome OS

Linux apps for Chrome OS: only on Pixelbooks at the moment

Google is redoubling efforts to convert Chrome OS in a system capable of everything. One of the last steps in that direction has been the possibility of activate Linux apps on Chrome OS, although at the moment it is a unique and exclusive function for the company’s own Pixelbooks.

This movement is not new, since it is very similar to what they already did with the applications of Android in Chromebook. Its implementation has been gradual, starting with the most modern Chromebooks and gradually reaching the other devices. Here it will work the same, only that starting by being exclusive for Google and, from there, to the rest.

How to activate Linux apps on Chrome OS

First of all, your Pixelbook must be on the developer channel and in the Canary version. You can learn how to change the channel of your Chromebook in our tutorial to activate Android apps on Chromebooks. Once this is done, you have to access the flags menu of chrome: // flags and activate the flag called # enable-experimental-crostini-ui.

Once you do this, you will see that in the Settings there is a new category called Linux applications:

If you enter, you will see a single option that says Turn on to activate this function:

activate Linux apps on Chrome OS

Do it and you will get a pop-up window that will invite you to install the Linux terminal. Accept the notice:

activate Linux apps on Chrome OS

Chrome OS a download of about 200MB will start. It will take a couple of minutes:

activate Linux apps on Chrome OS

Finally, you will have at your disposal the Linux terminal to use it as in any other version of the system:

activate Linux apps on Chrome OS

From here, it is about installing Linux applications using the terminal itself and commands such as Β«sudo aptitude install programnameΒ«. It is a matter of tinkering and learning. Anyway, if you have questions about Linux, why not stop by our forums to ask questions? Recently the ADSLZone forums with better appearance and usability. You can access the sub-forum dedicated to Linux through the following link: