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Running a GNU/Linux distro within Chrome OS greatly increases the capabilities of a Chromebook.
Leo Laporte is a longtime technology commentator and also the host of the show “The Screen Savers,” on the TWiT Netcast Network. In this video he explains how to install Linux on a Chromebook using Crouton, an open source tool developed by Google employee David Schneider.
I give Leo extra credit points for saying, “I decided to just install the command-line desktop.” I like the way he says that so nonchalantly.
Now that Android apps are coming to Chromebooks, if you also install a full Linux desktop, there’s almost nothing you cannot do on a Chromebook. As Chromebook’s SSD storage increases, you’ll end up with a laptop with as much capability as a Macbook Air, at one-third the price.
For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, Opensource.com and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org.