Google has just expanded, adding support for Linux applications> on Gentoo Linux-based Chrome OS, allowing users to effectively install open source applications. If you do not know how to install Linux applications on Chrome OS, read the same article below of Taimienphi.vn.
Linux applications aren’t standardized on all Chromebooks and Chrome OS computers, so we’ll have to enable this feature manually. After the features are set up correctly, we can install Linux applications using Apt-get (Ubuntu / Debian package manager) and even Flatpaks from Flathub.
Refer to the following article of Taimienphi.vn to learn how to install Linux applications on Chrome OS.
Note: Linux app support for Chrome OS is currently in beta, so not all Chromebooks support this feature. Also in the process of using new features, sound errors, drivers, … are inevitable.
1. Developer Channel on Chrome OS
Before you can access and install Linux applications on Chrome OS, the first important step is to switch to the dev channel (development channel).
Warning: By converting the Chromebook to the dev channel, we will erase everything on the device. Unsaved files, settings and information will be deleted. So make sure you back up everything before you do.
To switch to the dev channel on your Chromebook, click the time menu in the bottom right corner of the screen, then click the gear settings icon. Next, select the menu icon. On the Chrome OS menu, scroll down to find the item About Chrome OS, Then click Detailed build information.
The Chromebook build will display the channel information you are using. By default this is a stable channel. To convert to dev channel, you choose Change channel, then find and click dev.
After clicking the dev channel, your Chromebook will download the update. Your task is to allow downloading of updates on your Chrome OS device. After the download is completed, you will be asked to reboot the device. Proceed to restart your device.
Once Chrome OS has finished booting, you will use the dev channel.
2. Activate Linux application support
To enable Linux features on Chromebook, we will have to return to the settings window. To access the settings window, click the time menu located in the bottom right corner of the screen, then click the gear icon.
On the Chromebook settings window, scroll down until you find the option Linux menu. Use this option to enable Linux on Chrome OS.
After the Chrome OS Linux feature is enabled on your Chromebook, the system will show you how to install Linux Container. Do not skip this step, because without the Linux Container, we cannot run Linux applications on Chrome OS.
When fully enabled Linux application support, Chrome OS will automatically open a Terminal window. Or also you can use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Terminal window.
3. Activate Flatpak
Enabling Linux application support on Chrome OS means that we can install Ubuntu applications via the Apt package manager. However, this is not the only software available through the Linux Container on Chrome OS. In fact, we can also set up to install Linux applications through the Flatpak universal Linux packaging format.
For apps to work through Flatpak on Chrome OS, we will have to install the Flatpak app on Chrome OS. To do this, open the Chrome Terminal window with a shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T. Then use the Apt package manager to install the Flatpak runtime.
sudo apt-get install flatpak
After the Flatpak runtime is installed on the Chrome OS container, the next step is to register the Flatpak system with the Flathub software store. To do this, we use the following Flatpak command:
flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub
4. Install Linux applications on Chrome OS via Apt-get
The steps to install Linux applications on Chrome OS via the Apt package manager are quite simple and work as if you are using Ubuntu. To install the application, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Use the search command to search for the program or application you want to install.
apt-get search program name
Step 2: Browse through the list of search results and find the package name you want to install on your Chromebook. A small note that you can install multiple packages at the same time with the same command.
Step 3: Get the package names and add the following command to make the application work:
sudo apt-get install application1 application2 application3
5. Install Linux applications on Chrome OS through Flatpak
The steps to install Linux applications on Chrome OS through Flatpak are much simpler than Apt, because we can easily find applications to install on the Flathub website. To install Linux applications on Chrome OS through Flatpak, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + Alt + T to open Chrome terminal window.
Step 2: Go to Flathub.org, click on search and search for the program or application you want to install, then click on the application icon to access the application page.
Step 3: Copy the Terminal command at the bottom corner of the application page and paste it into the Terminal window to install the application on Chrome OS.
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