What is Google Crostini Linux on Chrome OS?

Crostini is a much-awaited chrome os feature to support Linux applications on Chromebooks.

A Uniformed name for organized User Interface (UI) for Linux applications support on Chromebooks.

In nutshell, Crostini is a code name for Linx (beta) feature we are having currently on our Chromebooks since the chrome Os 69 System´s Update.

The main idea is behind to move Chromebook from a mere web browsing device to a developing machine for google ´s other mobile devices Operating system android and Linux developers and programmers.

Even though at the very beginning Chromebooks can have a Linux Operating system installed and run Linux based application. But at the price of breaking the Chromebooks prime security level.

With crostini Instead, Linux applications can run their own containers, a separate container from the chrome os ´s own container with all of its tight flagged security.

If something bad happens to the system, just go back to the factory setting or powerwash your Chromebooks and everything comes back, nothing harm would happen to the main Chromebook’s core system.

Crostini Chromebook List

At first, this feature was available on a few Chromebooks including google´s own premium Pixlbook. 

However, now more and more high-end Chromebooks started to having available Linux supported Application environments.

All these listed Chromebooks with the release of chrome os 69 can enable this feature and utilize Linux Corsitini.

  • Google Pixelbook, 
  • Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA, 
  • Acer’s Chromebook 11 (C732, C732T, C732L, and C732LT), 
  • Chromebook Spin 11 R751T, 
  • Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT/1H.
  • Samsung’s Chromebook Plus
  • Chromebook Plus (V2),
  •  Lenovo’s Thinkpad 11e Chromebook and 
  • Yoga 11e Chromebook
  • HP’s Chromebook x360 
  • Chromebook x2.

Crostini Chromebook Install- How To?

As mentioned above with the chrome os update 69 Linux crostini become available supported devices. You may need to check the updates manually and enable this feature.let´s see how to do so.

Check for Your Chrome Os Version

  • Open ¨Settings¨ on your Chromebook.
  • Click ¨About Chrome Os¨ (on The bottom left corner) 
  • Check for Updates (it should be available already)
  • Follow the steps( a restart usually)

Enable Crostini Or Linux (Beta)

  • After restart and login again follow along:
  • Open Settings and look for the newly appeared Tab Linux(beta) on your left App Pan.
  • Scroll down to Linux(beta) and enable it from here/

It will install Debian Linux since that’s the default with Crostini Linux. Be passionate because it will take some time to install and then restart.


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