It’s been two years since Google started supporting Linux apps on Chromebooks, and these days dozens of Chrome OS laptops are compatible support the feature (although it’s still a beta feature that you need to activate manually).
One of the first Chromebooks to support Linux apps was the Samsung Chromebook Plus. But so far this laptop’s close (and more powerful) cousin, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, has not supported functionality.
It looks like that will change soon, as Google seems to add support for all Chromebooks with Intel Core m3-6Y30 processors and other 7th Generation Intel Core “Skylake” chips.
Google’s Chrome OS is essentially a browser-based operating system built around a Linux kernel. So what is Google Crostini The tool lets you configure a custom container so that you can run Linux desktop apps as if they were native Chrome OS apps. There is no need to restart or change desktop environment.
But Crostini has a few minimum requirements, including a processor that supports hardware virtualization and a system running Linux kernel 3.15 or newer.
Unfortunately, Skylake Chromebooks come with an older version of the Linux kernel. Corn newly discovered u / lordmorphous redditor that it was possible to update a Samsung Chromebook Pro with a Core m3-6Y30 processor to Linux kernel 4.19 and enable support for Linux applications.
Looks like it’s still a bit buggy – and it’s hard to replicate this experience as it only seems to work on the Dev Channel versions of Chrome OS 82, and Google has ditched that version of the OS and gone. is focused on Chrome OS 83.
Corn Chrome unpacked found code in the Chromium repository that suggests that Google will release this update to all Chromebooks with Skylake chips soon, including:
These Chromebooks were released in 2016 and 2017 and they were premium Chromebooks at a time when there weren’t many devices in this category. With prices starting at around $ 500, they were equipped with Intel Core m3-6Y30, Core m5-6Y57, or Core m7-7Y75 Skylake processors.
All three models are still officially supported by Google, and will continue to receive updates from Chrome OS at least until June 2023.
There’s probably no reason to grab one today… but if you have one lying around, an upcoming update might breathe new life into it by adding support for Linux desktop applications.
Or if you don’t feel like waiting, you can just use the third Crouton tool that allows you to install a full Linux desktop environment and run it with Chrome OS.
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