When Chromebooks first got support for Android apps, there was some confusion about which Chromebooks were currently supported. The same thing starts with support for Linux apps, albeit to a lesser extent.
You can always install Linux applications (or other Linux-based operating systems) on Chromebooks with a workaround called Crouton because Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel. The new way to install Linux apps is much easier than before, because it's a hackneyed part of the operating system.
But not all Chromebooks are officially supported for Linux apps. Here is the deal.
Why are some Chromebooks not supported?
The HP Chromebook X2 is running version 4.4 of the Linux kernel
. The new method of installing Linux apps on a Chromebook (known internally as Crostini) relies on changes introduced in version 3.14 of the Linux kernel. When a Chromebook is developed, its firmware is written around a particular version of the Linux kernel. The main reason is stability; Locking the kernel version makes it easier for Google to update Chromebooks without affecting performance. A Chromebook is as good in the fifth year as it was on the first day.
The major change in kernel 3.14 is better support for virtualization. This means that the app runs in a sandbox, so a failed process in an app does not crash the entire system. This also makes the Crostini method more secure, which is a big selling point behind Chromebooks.
Some models may not provide hardware support for many Linux apps. A good part of this list includes Chromebooks that use 32-bit ARM processors, while most desktop Linux apps are written for 64-bit X86 platforms.
Many of the unsupported Chromebook models are near the end of guaranteed software updates. The Chromebook will do everything it does today, but it does not make sense from Google's perspective to spend time and money adding new features to a device that will not be supported for much longer anyway.
What Chromebooks Were Won
According to Google, these are all Chromebooks that can not use the new method of installing Linux apps:
- Acer's AC700 Chromebook
- Acer's C7 Chromebook
- Acer's C720 / C70P / C740 Chromebook
- Acer Chromebase
- Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311
- Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531
- Acer Chromebook 11 C730 / C730E / C735
- Acer Chromebox
- ASUS -Chromebook C200
- ASUS Chromebook C201
- ASUS Chromebook C300
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA [1965901O] ASUS Chromebox CN60
- AOpen Chromebase canister
- 19659013] AOpen Chromebox Mini  Dell Chromebook 11
- Dell Chromebook 11 3120
- Dell Chromebox
- Google CR-48 Chromebook
- Google Chromebook Pixel 2013
- HP Chromebook 11 G1 / G2 / G3 / G3 / G4 / G4 / G4 / DE
- ] HP Chromebook 14
- HP Chromebook 14 G3  HP Chromebook G1
- HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
- Lenovo 100S Chromebook
- Lenovo N20 Chromebook
- Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
- Lenovo ThinkPad X3
- LG Chromebase 22CV241 / 22CB25S
- Samsung Chromebook (2012)
- Samsung Chromebook 2 11 "
- Samsung Chromebook 2 13"
- Samsung Chromebook 2 11 – XE500C12
- Samsung Series 5 Chromebook] Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
- Samsung Chromebox Series 3
- Toshiba Chromebook
- Toshiba Chromebook 2
If you're not sure which Chromebook you're using, you can easily find out which model it is.  RELATED: Viewing Your Chromebook's Hardware Specifications Cations and System Information
Here's what you can do if you have an unsupported Chromebook
If you have full Linux apps on your computer Chromebook, you can still use the older installation method called crouton. This works on any Chromebook, regardless of the processor or Linux kernel version. If you just want to switch between your Linux apps and web-based tools, you can run a Linux desktop in a single browser tab. If you prefer each app to have its own window to make it feel more natural, you can do so.
If you really want to experiment, you can also install another Linux-based operating system, such as Ubuntu. If you've used your Chromebook for a long time, it's not a bad idea to know in advance when Google will no longer send security updates to your device. Since Chrome OS is Linux-based, you should not have problems with display or audio drivers that prevent you from using the device.
However, you can continue your Chromebook as it is. You do not lose any functions you have relied on. So if you already know how to work productively with web-based tools, you can continue.