Running Linux on a Chromebook

created Dec 5, 2017

I used chrx to install. If I planned to use ChromeOS as well I would probably go with Crouton. I installed the Xubuntu flavor. I did use Gnome for a while, but it was too heavy and slow. Xubuntu runs very well, and setting up the keyboard shortcuts carefully allows me to use it like a simple tiling window manager.




adding more links on sep 21, 2018.

Oct 2, 2018

Followed the steps listed below to get Termux running. From Chrome OS, I ssh into my own Chromebook, using the same app that I use to ssh into DO, HE, and AWS servers. Interesting.

But it means that I do not run some other X-based GUI. I cannot install other web browsers, such as NetSurf and links2 -g.

August 2018 update:

My Chromebook is an Asus C100P. I bought it for $225 at Best Buy in the summer of 2016. I'm guessing that this version of the Asus came out in early 2016 or in 2015. Regardless, it does not support Linux apps. The next version of the Asus, the C101, supports Linux apps.

If I spend more money on another laptop, then I'll buy a regular laptop that will run Linux or I'll get a Macbook.

Those on other platforms like the older Asus C100pa or Chromebooks with BayTrail CPUs will sadly not receive support.

I still want to try to install Crouton on a thumb drive or a card.

To use ssh to get into my Termux setup, need to do the following after using the Termux app.

Have to do this after a power off and on of Chromebook.

Helpful commands:

Etc. info:

update: jun 24, 2019 for some reason, it's now

March 2019

Run full Linux distros or specific applications on top of Android (

A lot of HN love for Termux.

May 2019

All Chromebooks will also be Linux laptops going forward (