Installing linux on my chromebook - The Acer C740

Kiran Koduru • Nov 26, 2017 • 1 minutes to read

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! For this Black Friday I purchased a new chromebook from Acer for $149. I have been looking for something in a light weight laptop department. This one weighs less than 3 lbs and lasts for 8 hours on a single charge. I was more than happy to carry a basic chromebook than a bulky laptop. The only issue was running something other than ChromeOS since I wanted to do more than just browse the internet.

I wanted to choose a flavor of linux that was easy to install. crouton and gallium seemed to be two good choices for installation. I went with GalliumOS since it had good community support and better hardware compatibility.

Gallium is also easy to install. Once you prepare your chromebook, you can install it via a bootable USB/SD card or use chrx script to dual boot alongside ChromeOS. I went with chrx which is as simple as running a curl command.

And finally I can dual boot with Ctrl + L to boot to GalliumOS screen or Ctrl + D to boot to ChromeOS. Either way, this chromebook is now good for writing small python applications or writing blog posts. The only qualm I have is that I wish it had more SSD capacity, 25 GB doesn’t cut it if I am working with a lot of data. But I could always expand it in the future.