18 Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, & Dell receive Linux app support

18 Chromebooks from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, & Dell receive Linux app support

Eighteen Chromebooks based on Intel Apollo Lake architecture, which includes many from brands such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell, get Linux app support in one fell swoop.

In a change that landed Wednesday morning, the developers switched on Linux app support for all Apollo Lake Chromebooks under the baseboards Reef and Coral. See below for a list of Chromebooks under these baseboards.

All Apollo Lake-based Chromebooks from brands like Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo gain Linux app support

All Reef and Coral boards get Linux app support, that’s a lot of Chromebooks!

There are 18 Chromebooks from brands like Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell under Reef and Coral to our knowledge, but there could be more from other OEMs that are missing from this list:

OEM Model Codename Baseboard
Lenovo Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook / Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook Pyro reef
Lenovo Lenovo 500e Chromebook Robo360 coral
Lenovo Lenovo 100e Chromebook Robo coral
Acer Acer Chromebook Spin 11 R751T Electro reef
Acer Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT/1H Sand reef
Acer Acer Chromebook 11 (C732, C732T, C732L & C732LT ) Astronaut coral
Acer Acer Chromebook 11 (CB311-8H & CB311-8HT) Santa coral
Acer Acer Chromebook Spin 11 (CP311-1H & CP311-1HN) Lava coral
Asus ASUS Chromebook Flip C213SA Reef reef
Dell Dell Chromebook 11 5190 Nasher coral
Dell Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 5190 Nasher360 coral

Apollo Lake is a generation of Intel mobile chips focused on efficient, low-power form factors. They are less powerful than the Kaby Lake chips in the Pixelbook and HP Chromebook X2 but should handle basic Linux apps with ease.

As the change has only just landed, Canary and Developer channels will see this first in the coming days and weeks. Stable or Beta channel users will have to wait until Chrome OS version 69.

Many of the Reef and Coral boards are education-focused, so it’s worth noting that if you have a managed or enrolled device, access to Linux apps is toggled by the administrator.

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