28 older Chromebooks now support Linux apps

By | 10th August 2018
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More Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung have received Linux app support. The change, which landed Thursday, will apply to some Chromebooks that released in 2015-2017, running Intel Braswell architecture and Kernel 3.18.

As expected, the Chrome developers have dutifully backported Linux app support to [some more!] older Chromebooks. This update brings support to roughly 28 devices with the “baseboard” (aka reference board) Strago. See the table at the bottom of the page for the list of devices. This update doesn’t include the Samsung Chromebook Pro or other recent Skylake devices on kernel 3.18. Braswell architecture can be found on low-end Chromebooks, usually education or entry-level consumer devices.

All Braswell Chromebooks are now supported

All Braswell Chromebooks are now supported

Users of Braswell/Strago devices in the Developer or Canary channels should soon receive an update that will add the Terminal icon to their launcher. Check the table below to see if your device is on the list.

Yet to receive Linux apps are Broadwell devices like the Chromebook Pixel 2 and Dell Chromebook 13, and Skylake devices like the Samsung Chromebook Pro and HP Chromebook 13 G1. We expect support to arrive in the coming weeks for these platforms, as we can infer from this update that most required backporting to 3.18 has been completed.

In related but not unsurprising news, two forthcoming high-end Chromebooks codenamed Nocturne and Atlas—potential candidates for the next Pixelbook— will launch with Linux app support out-of-the-box.

Those on other platforms like the older Asus C100pa or Chromebooks with BayTrail CPUs will sadly not receive support. Check our master list of Chromebooks with Linux app support for the unsupported list, or refer to the official documentation.

Braswell/baseboard Strago Chromebooks that received Linux app support

ModelCodenameRelease yearBaseboard
Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)cyan2015Baseboard Strago
Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)edgar2016Baseboard Strago
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)banon2016Baseboard Strago
ASUS Chromebook C202SAterra2016Baseboard Strago
ASUS Chromebook C300SAterra2016Baseboard Strago
ASUS Chromebook C301SAterra2016Baseboard Strago
CTL Chromebook J5wizpig2016Baseboard Strago
CTL NL61 Chromebookrelm2016Baseboard Strago
Edugear CMT Chromebookwizpig2016Baseboard Strago
Edxis Education Chromebookrelm2016Baseboard Strago
Haier Convertible Chromebook 11 Cwizpig2016Baseboard Strago
HP Chromebook 11 G5setzer2016Baseboard Strago
HP Chromebook 11 G5 EErelm2016Baseboard Strago
Lenovo N22 Chromebookreks2016Baseboard Strago
Lenovo N42 Chromebookreks2016Baseboard Strago
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook G3ultima2016Baseboard Strago
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga G3ultima2016Baseboard Strago
PCMerge Chromebook (PCM-116T-432B)wizpig2016Baseboard Strago
Samsung Chromebook 3 (XE500C13)celes2016Baseboard Strago
Viglen Chromebook 360wizpig2016Baseboard Strago
Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731)relm2017Baseboard Strago
Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)kefka2017Baseboard Strago
Dell Chromebook 11 (3189)kefka2017Baseboard Strago
Mecer V2 Chromebookrelm2017Baseboard Strago
Prowise ProLine Chromebookwizpig2017Baseboard Strago

*Some devices may be missing. Chromebooks on Braswell have the N3050/N3150/N3060/N3160/N3700 processors. If your Chromebook has any of those CPUs, it’s got Linux app support. This table was sourced from the Chromium board information page and the more thorough Gallium OS device wiki.