As a Chrome User, I can say that as much as I like Chrome OS’s interface, I miss a certain amount of freedom that I can get from other open source Operating Systems. Well, of course you can always install Ubuntu with the help of Crouton on your Chromebook, but if you are looking for a Chrome OS alternative that can not only give you the full power but also lets you do more with android apps, then you have come to the right place. You can select any of the listed OS that suits your needs the best and let us know your experience.
7. Bliss OS
Bliss OS is a relatively new Android based open-source operating system for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It comes with a pretty good range of customization options and functions. According to their official website, Bliss OS’s main focus is to provide the open source community a type of operating system which can work as a driver for easy synchronization of your apps, settings, and customization across any platform. Right now, Bliss is compatible with x86 AMD and Intel processors.
While it’s ideal for older machines with lower specifications, it works just great on new machines. Lubuntu is one of the most popular Ubuntu flavors using the LXDE desktop environment instead of Unity Shell and GNOME desktop. Well, Lubuntu’s User Interface may not be similar to the Chrome OS but its low-system requirements and low RAM usage make it a perfect Chrome OS alternative especially if you have an older Chromebook.
5. Phoenix OS
Phoenix OS is a popular alternative to Chrome OS as it provides an enhanced operating system based on Android Platform, which suitable for your tablets, laptops and even desktops. Since it’s an Android-based operating system, it features a comprehensive start menu, where you can switch between full-screen menu mode and normal it’s. It also provides you with means for high-efficiency multitasking, notification center and much more.
Alongside Chromium based Stardust browser, the OS also supports popular keyboard shortcuts for better efficiency. And the most important thing, with Phoenix OS you can use millions of Android apps and games which are readily available as an option.
4. Nayu OS
NayuOS is basically a customized version of Chromium OS, which is currently in the development phase at Nexedi. Well, it is not intended for end consumers right now but if you want to break free from Chrome OS restrictions without compromising on your Chromebook security and privacy then Nayu OS is a good option for you.
One of its major features is that it removes the default account login feature, which can be annoying for some users who don’t want to sign in every-time they use their Chromebook. Due to the fact that it’s still in its developmental phase, Nayu OS is supported only in a handful of devices.
3. Sentio Desktop
Unlike any other on this list, Sentio is actually an app for Android devices, which lets you connect your smartphone to any monitor so that you can run it like a desktop platform. Sentio (formerly Andromium OS) is quite similar to Microsoft’s Continuum. The app uses its own UI to give you better Android experience on larger screens with better mouse and keyboard compatibility. You can pair it with the Superbook for the full laptop experience.
2. Void Linux
If you are a developer and want to do much more with your Chromebook, then you should try Void Linux at least once. First developed in 2008, it’s a Unix-like operating system, which is a totally independent distribution. Void provides you with an extreme level of freedom, for instance, if you don’t like third-party dependency, you can always make your own packages only with Void. Void is also believed to be more secured due to its huge community of pro-active developers.
1. Gallium OS
There are many things that make Gallium OS the best distro for your Chromebook. Built on Xubuntu, Gallium OS provides you a well performing and stable Linux system. One of its most important features is improved battery life, which is achieved by removing Intel p-state driver, watchdog timer, and DRM polling.
Alternative kernel schedulers are included to significantly reduce stalls, and system performance is further enhanced by removing unnecessary Kernel features. Fewer features and smaller Kernel reduce the boot time up to a significant level. It also has an Integrated Chrome OS touchpad driver which provides a similar experience to that of Chrome OS touchpad.