At this year’s Google I/O, Google announced that Chrome OS will now include support for Linux apps. True to their words, the app debut on the Google’s own Chromebook; the Pixelbook.
Ever since then, Linux apps have quietly spread to other Chromebooks, and in this article, we are going to list some of them. Though you will not be able (at least not yet) to run the full desktop environment like XFCE or Unity.
The leading Chromebook by Google, the Pixelbook, which was also used to debut Linux apps during the Google I/O. This Chromebook is perfected to run Linux apps. But you will have to part with at least $1,000 to own this stellar device.
You might want to know the processor is fan-less, and thus performance will be throttled when running heavy applications.
#1st– Gen Samsung Chromebook Plus
Samsung Chromebook Plus gives you a 2-in-1 device with a 2,400×1,600 3:2 display and a Wacom EMR pen. Like the Pixelbook above, it runs on a fan-less hexa-core ARM chip backed by a maximum of 4GB RAM. That said, it cannot purport to pass for a workhorse computer, but it will be more than enough for the occasional users who want to run Linux apps every now and then.
If you have a very particular workflow, ensure that your Linux apps are compatible with the ARM chip powering this device. And also note, the first generation of Samsung Chromebook Plus just got the Linux apps support on June 4th, the newer version launched recently does not yet support Linux app; at least not officially.
#3 – ASUS Chromebook Flip C101
The Asus Chromebook Flip C101 came after the hugely successful C100. Though both devices come with the 10-inch form factor, the C101 comes with an upgraded hexacore CPU, USB-C charging ports, and brighter display. It also has the same baseboard as the aforementioned Samsung Chromebook Plus; so there’s no surprise it also supports Linux apps.