Eighteen Chromebooks based on the Intel Apollo Lake architecture, which includes many brands such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell, get Linux application support all at once.
In a change which landed on Wednesday morning, the developers enabled Linux application support for all Apollo Lake Chromebooks under the Reef and Coral baseboards. See below for a list of Chromebooks under these baseboards.
As far as we know, there are 18 Chromebooks from brands like Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell under Reef and Coral, but there could be others from other OEMs that are missing from this list:
|Lenovo||Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook / Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook||Pyro||reef|
|Lenovo||Lenovo 500e Chromebook||Robo360||coral|
|Lenovo||Lenovo 100e Chromebook||Robot||coral|
|Acer||Acer Chromebook Spin 11 R751T||Electro||reef|
|Acer||Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT / 1H||Sand||reef|
|Acer||Acer Chromebook 11 (C732, C732T, C732L and C732LT)||Astronaut||coral|
|Acer||Acer Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H and CB311-8HT)||Santa Claus||coral|
|Acer||Acer Spin 11 Chromebook (CP311-1H and CP311-1HN)||Wash||coral|
|Asus||ASUS Chromebook Flip C213SA||Reef||reef|
|Dell||Dell Chromebook 11 5190||Nasher||coral|
|Dell||Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 5190||Nasher360||coral|
Apollo Lake is a generation of Intel mobile chips with a focus on efficient form factors and low power consumption. They’re less powerful than the Kaby Lake chips on the Pixelbook and HP Chromebook X2, but should handle basic Linux apps with ease.
As the change has only just arrived, the Canary and Developer channels will see it first in the days and weeks to come. Stable or beta channel users will have to wait for Chrome OS version 69.
Many Reef and Coral tips focus on education, so it should be noted that if you have a managed or enrolled device, access to Linux apps is toggled by the administrator.