Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps—the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why you might do it in the first place.
The feature is officially called Crostini inside Google, a way of running Linux programs in secure containers so the overall security of Chrome OS—one of the key selling points of Chromebooks—isn’t compromised in any way (the default Linux container that Crostini installs is Debian). It’s the same way that Android apps work on Chromebooks.