Chromebooks have taken the world by storm. Its most appealing features include efficiency and affordability. Even developers are using Chromebooks as an alternative for their desktops. All Chromebooks come installed with Chrome OS which is a Linux-based operating system. However, Chrome OS is designed specifically for Google apps like Gmail and Google Drive. It is not all that compatible with non-Google apps like Photoshop or MS Office.

Many people, especially software developers, are installing Linux distros to make it more compatible and usable with non-Google apps. There are many Chromebooks that are very compatible with Linux and will make great programming tools.

Our review team has identified their top Chromebooks for Linux.


This ASUS Chromebook is the best option to run Linux. It is a touchscreen Chromebook and has a hinge to attach a keyboard and make it a laptop. It has a strong processor, 4GB RAM, and can have up to 64GB of storage. Its only potential drawback is the ports and slots that support newer USB and micro SD cards and not older versions.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

2. ACER Chromebook 14

Acer is great at producing Chromebooks and the Chromebook 14 is one of the best. It offers FHD display and wider viewing options. It runs on a strong processor and has 4GB RAM. It also has a 32GB flash memory. It has a long battery life and comes with built-in speakers and a webcam. It is one of the heavier Chromebooks on the market but still lightweight.

Rating: 4 out of 5

3. Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13-K02US

This new Chromebook by Samsung is very popular among Chromebook users. It offers a strong processor, 4GB RAM, and a 16GB SSD drive. It is lightweight, has an anti-reflective screen, and a battery life of approximately 11 hours. This Chromebook is great as a budget option.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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