28 older Chromebooks now support Linux apps
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.
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.
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
|Acer Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)||cyan||2015||Baseboard Strago|
|Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)||edgar||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)||banon||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|ASUS Chromebook C202SA||terra||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|ASUS Chromebook C300SA||terra||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|ASUS Chromebook C301SA||terra||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|CTL Chromebook J5||wizpig||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|CTL NL61 Chromebook||relm||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Edugear CMT Chromebook||wizpig||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Edxis Education Chromebook||relm||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Haier Convertible Chromebook 11 C||wizpig||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|HP Chromebook 11 G5||setzer||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE||relm||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Lenovo N22 Chromebook||reks||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Lenovo N42 Chromebook||reks||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook G3||ultima||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga G3||ultima||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|PCMerge Chromebook (PCM-116T-432B)||wizpig||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Samsung Chromebook 3 (XE500C13)||celes||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Viglen Chromebook 360||wizpig||2016||Baseboard Strago|
|Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731)||relm||2017||Baseboard Strago|
|Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)||kefka||2017||Baseboard Strago|
|Dell Chromebook 11 (3189)||kefka||2017||Baseboard Strago|
|Mecer V2 Chromebook||relm||2017||Baseboard Strago|
|Prowise ProLine Chromebook||wizpig||2017||Baseboard 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.