Chromebooks have gotten a lot more interesting for Linux users. Google announced at its I/O event this week that all new devices launched this year would support the popular open-source OS “right out of the box.”
Savvier types have already figured out how to run Linux distributions parallel to Chrome OS via chroot generator Crouton. There’s also a dual-boot distro optimized for Chrome called GalliumOS.
Google has made the process considerably easier, however. As ZDNet explains, users can now run Debian simply by launching the Termina VM. Ubuntu and Fedora connoisseurs may also conjure their distro of choice with a few shell commands.
Echoing Crouton’s implementation, Linux runs alongside Chrome OS simultaneously, allowing users to easily move files between the operating systems.