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    Is it possible to do this? All the instructions I have seen are about installing Linux side-by-side with Chrome, using Crouton. I want to completely delete Chrome and install only Linux. If I am able to boot off an installation USB drive, why would I not be able to install Linux, if the Chromebook's hardware is compatible?
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    Only one way to find out.........

    I have Linux installed on all my PC's, Laptop and NetBook. I don't have a ChromeBook, but if I did, I would try installing it also.
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  3. To the best of my knowledge your going to have to run side by side, I haven't seen any methods to do otherwise.
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  4. Originally Posted by Teutatis View Post
    Is it possible to do this? All the instructions I have seen are about installing Linux side-by-side with Chrome, using Crouton. I want to completely delete Chrome and install only Linux. If I am able to boot off an installation USB drive, why would I not be able to install Linux, if the Chromebook's hardware is compatible?
    Chromebooks are just regular laptops that run Chrome OS, a Linux based OS (i.e. it uses the Linux kernel as it's core). So the limiting factor would be the laptop hardware that said OS is running on. I currently use Linux as my sole OS on all my computers, 2 old laptops, and 3 custom built home brew systems, on a variety of hardware. I have used pretty much tried every distro you can name and my personal recommendation is OpenSUSE Leap 42.1, as long as your laptop has a 64bit processor.

    Note: I have found instances where a distro will work on a laptop in "live usb" mode, i.e. when it's running off a thumb drive but will have numerous issues when it's actually installed on a harddrive.
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