With this carefully chosen collection of Linux programs for maximizing Chrome OS’s potential as a business tool, you can give your Chromebook even more functionality.j
If you’re an advanced user, being able to install Linux software on Chrome OS offers up some exciting new possibilities.
Since most people can get by just well with the normal Chromebook combination of online apps, Chrome apps, and Android apps, there are still some of us who need (or perhaps simply prefer) conventional local programs for particular tasks. We can enjoy the speed, simplicity, and security of a Chromebook while also embracing the occasional heavy-duty desktop app thanks to the existence of Linux apps on Chrome OS. Read more: crosh commands on ChromeOS
But it’s not exactly simple to start using Linux unless you’re an expert. In comparison to the typical world of desktop software, Linux apps are an entirely other animal.
So take this as your cheat sheet: In order to determine which productivity-focused Linux programs function best and make the most sense in the Chrome OS environment, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and testing them. These are the apps I’d suggest using; they are all totally free.
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You must first establish that your Chromebook can run Linux applications before you can start configuring it. If you haven’t begun doing that yet, click over to my step-by-step tutorial to get started. Once you’ve got everything set up and operating, return here.
LibreOffice: A feature-rich local office program
There are several choices available now for creating presentations, working with spreadsheets, and word editing on a Chromebook. Of course, you may utilize Microsoft’s web-based Office programs or Google’s own Docs office suite. You can also install the Office Android applications and utilize them on your Chrome OS device if you have a paid Microsoft 365 subscription.
LibreOffice is the route to choose if you desire an office suite that isn’t cloud-connected. The software provides you with a polished and expert word processor, spreadsheet editor, and presentation editor. All of these tools have user-friendly interfaces and a familiar feel to them.