Why You Should Put Linux on Your Chromebook

The Chromebook is a low-power, low-budget laptop that is mainly designed for people who lives in the cloud. As a web developer, most of the time all I need is a text editor and browser in order to work, which makes the Chromebook a very appealing choice.

One of the first things I did when I decided to attend Hack Reactor with a Chromebook was tinkering with it to dual-boot with Linux. There are cloud-based development environment out there, such as Cloud9, that allows you to connects to a virtual Linux environment for coding. However, one of the down sides of that is you must have access to internet in order to work. One of my favorite things about dual-booting Linux is that I can go to any coffice in the city and start working without worrying about having good internet connections. Another advantage is that it forces you to master using the Linux terminal, which is a highly valuable skill for a software engineer.

(You can follow tutorial and put Linux on your Chromebook in under 15 minutes.)

Here is a few tools you will want to use:

  1. GNOME DO – App launcher so you don’t need to use your trackpad.
  2. Sublime 3 – The BEST text editor out there
  3. Node and NPM – MUST HAVE for web developers.
  4. Bower – Another MUST HAVE for web developers.