Installing Ubuntu Linux on a Google Chromebook

Google-based Chromebooks have made huge inroads into the education market over the past 12-months with many schools’ Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives, primarily due to their low cost and simplicity. They are easy to use, easy for school IT departments to manage, come with Google Apps for classroom productivity and collaboration, plus have long battery life – ensuring availability during school hours.

Chrome OS is Google’s Linux-based operating system for the Chromebook. It is designed to work with web applications, installed applications, and recently gained the ability to run Android applications natively (although it doesn’t appear many are available).

However, Chrome OS is only intended for productivity and collaboration tasks – which it does well. Want to do anything more and you need a full Linux installation.

And, of course, the kids just want to know how they can play Minecraft!

This post describes how to install Ubuntu Linux, and unlock the full potential of the Google Chromebook hardware. Plus we’ll install Minecraft too.
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