Today, web apps, Chrome extensions, Android and Linux apps can be used on Chrome OS.
Chrome OS was initially developed for pure use with the Chrome browser as a system permanently connected to the Internet.
The operating system and Chrome were and are optimized by Google down to the last detail for exactly this purpose. This duo runs stable, fast, easy, and secure!
Whenever there is a web version of your app, I recommend you prefer it over the other versions.
However, this is not a must! Do you prefer to use the Play Store and Android Apps, like on your smartphone? No problem! The apps can be installed on Chromebooks just as easily as there.
If no Web or Android version of your program is available on Chrome OS, or you prefer not to use both, you have the option of using Linux apps in Chrome OS’s Linux mode. I described how to activate it in this post: Link.
Notes for beginners: My posts usually contain some basics that you can understand how to proceed. I partly repeat the basics in other posts, so you don’t have to jump back and forth all the time.
Here is the meaning of the abbreviations after the headings: [E] Everyone [A] Advanced [B] Beginner [P] Professional
If you still miss something, feel free to comment. The community will try to help you! 🙂
Notes for professionals: My posts usually have the form of a knowledge base entry and should be equally suitable for beginners, advanced users, and professionals. Just pick out what you need immediately. You can also find content specifically targeted to professionals. These are marked accordingly with [P] and other finger points.
Do you want to have more professional content on a topic? Add it to the comments 😉
Disclaimer of liability: As always on this blog, I warn you that all changes to your system mentioned in this post are at your own risk! It is theoretically possible that there are system or application errors that could lead to data loss and further problems!
Which device to buy?
You might say, “Chromebooks should be so cheap! I’m sure my Linux application will run fine on that, so I don’t need a fast machine!”
However, it’s not that simple. Some Linux applications require your system to have a certain amount of power to perform functions. In some cases, specific genera of processors or graphics cards from Intel, AMD, ARM, Nvidia are required to run. 32 bit (mostly ARM) or 64 bit. If you want to check this before buying, I recommend you search the Internet for the name of your device and your application. That’s only for advanced and professional users. I don’t give Linux support here on this blog!
You should spend a bit more money on things like the Gimp or Shotcut. From $700 upwards. For Linux, I recommend taking current, potent processors from Intel. From the 11th generation upwards. Windows laptops sometimes also have quick AMD CPUs, and Chromebooks, unfortunately, tend to have the weaker versions.
Linux Apps on the blog
Here I created a list of apps you might know from Windows or macOS: Link.
I have shown in this list if there is a web, Android, or Linux version of these apps. It may contain your programs and apps already.
If not, you can use the search function at the top right to search for your app on the blog. I may have already written an article about it.
Against all odds, if you don’t find anything, leave a comment. 🙂
As time goes on, I’ll be featuring more and more apps.
03/01/2022: Added screenshots. Grammar and text slightly optimized.
Words in italics may be registered trademarks or companies! Examples: Google, YouTube, and Android. Or they are technical terms from the IT world, which are described in various locations in the blog.