During this year’s Google IO developer conference, Google announced that every Chromebook which is launched this year will be Linux-ready out of the box – which means you don’t need to fiddle around with any settings or third-party programs to get Linux working. According to Google, all you will need to do is open the Chrome OS app switcher and type Terminal into the search box. This will launch the Terminal VM which begins running a Debian 9.0 Stretch Linux container. If you don’t want to run Debian, you can also use Ubuntu or Fedora, but those are slightly more complicated to get up and running. A useful sub-reddit, r/Crostini, has some hints and tips for running Linux on. Current Chromebooks – check it out at www.reddit.com/r/Crostini/. By making it so easy to run Linux – which will run alongside Chrome OS, rather than dual-booting either operating system – Google has made Chromebooks even more useful than before. With support for Android apps, Chromebooks are now formidable little devices that offer great battery life and affordable prices, which makes them ideal for developers and students. With Linux running alongside Chrome OS, you’ll be able to browse files in the Chrome OS file manager, for example, and open them in Linux apps such as LibreOffice. If you’ve been put off by the limitations of Chrome OS in the past, now is an ideal time to take another look at these flexible laptops.