Crouton Extension lets your Chromebook run Linux in a Chrome OS window

Chrome OS was developed mainly to work online and the development team has been adding many offline features in the process. Some of these include offline HTML5 apps like Google Drive or Gmail which can receive your input as though they were online and then later sync the data to the cloud, to obtaining support for C++ applications through the Native Client plugin.

Chromebooks can now run Linux in a Chrome OS windowEarlier in the year 2014, Google made the announcement that Chrome OS would start running full Android applications. However, it said that only a few would be supported initially. Recently, there were reports that a Google intern had made it possible to run Linux directly in a Chrome OS window. With this, users could run Skype or any other kind of Linux application, for that matter, from a Chromebook.

Francois Beaufort, a Chromium evangelist, announced the following post on Google+:

“Google Intern has added support to run Crouton¹ in a Chrome OS Window. Thanks to a 4,471 lines patch², fearless people can now run their favorite Linux distributions on their Chrome Devices in a nice window without jumping between Virtual Terminals as before.”

There have been ways to either install Linux on a Chromebook machine and dual boot both operating systems or run both simultaneously using a tool called Crouton. The latter is being used here as well, but now the setting it up will be pretty much easier than before.

You just have to put the Chromebook in developer mood, install the new Crouton extension, download the Crouton toll and then enter a plain command. After this is done, you will be able to use any Linux distro you wish to inside a Chrome OS window.

We all very well know that Chromebooks are really popular in the education sector and now, they are also kicking off in the consumer market too! However, the growth is a bit slow in the mainstream market. This maybe either because Chrome OS does not support the apps people really want or maybe people just assume some app which they need in the future might be available on Windows or Mac OS but not on Chrome OS. So, now, with the new development it should make the Chromebooks more appealing to those unwilling consumers.