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Chrome OS, itself based on the Linux kernel, can now run Linux apps -- the circle is complete. If you’ve got the latest version of Chrome OS, and a fairly new Chromebook, you can now install some of the best applications Linux has to offer. Here’s how to go about it, and why you might do it in the first place.

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The full-blown version of Visual Studio its still limited to Windows machines, but if you want a similar experience on non-Microsoft platforms, the open-source Visual Studio Code is about as close as you can get. Official builds are available for macOS and Linux and thanks to a fellow by the name of Jay Rodgers, you can get it on Chromebook and the Raspberry Pi.

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The biggest problem with Chromebooks was that they had no apps. Not really, anyway. Sure, there were a few decent ChromeOS apps, but it made no sense that they couldn't run the zillions of apps that Google's own Android mobile OS enjoyed. That problem is finally sorted.

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According to the latest figures from IDC, Chromebooks sales overtook Macs for the first time ever last quarter, with over two million Google-powered laptops sold in the US alone. (Apple "only" sold 1.76 million laptops in the same period.) The sales boost could not have come at a better time for Google, which is finally arming Chrome OS with a treasure-trove of apps from its Google Play store. In other words, we can expect the sales gap to widen as Chromebooks become fully-fledged computers -- particularly in the business sector.

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Chromebooks have come a long way since they were first introduced. While they used to be laptop-shaped browser machines, they have grown capable enough to actually stand up to other laptops. I didn't expect to love my Chromebook, but it's replaced my laptop for most of my work.

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There's a lot to like about Chromebooks. They're budget-friendly, have a lot of options and are powerful enough to get things done. If you're a student shopping for a laptop for school, they may be pretty attractive. However, for some students, it's a nightmare waiting to happen. Let's see where you fall.