If you’re an advanced user, being able to install Linux software on Chrome OS offers up some exciting new possibilities. Read more: crosh commands on ChromeOS
Linux apps on Chrome OS
Since most people can get by just well with the normal Chromebook combination of online apps, Chrome apps, and Android apps, there are still some of us who need (or perhaps simply prefer) conventional local programs for particular tasks. We can enjoy the speed, simplicity, and security of a Chromebook while also embracing the occasional heavy-duty desktop app thanks to the existence of Linux apps on Chrome OS.
But it’s not exactly simple to start using Linux unless you’re an expert. In comparison to the typical world of desktop software, Linux apps are an entirely other animal.
So take this as your cheat sheet: In order to determine which productivity-focused Linux programs function best and make the most sense in the Chrome OS environment, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and testing them. These are the apps I’d suggest using; they are all totally free.
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You must first establish that your Chromebook can run Linux applications before you can start configuring it. If you haven’t begun doing that yet, click over to my step-by-step tutorial to get started. Once you’ve got everything set up and operating, return here.
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There are several choices available now for creating presentations, working with spreadsheets, and word editing on a Chromebook. Of course, you may utilize Microsoft’s web-based Office programs or Google’s own Docs office suite. Installing the Office Android applications and using them on your Chromebook is also possible if you have a paid subscription to Microsoft 365.