I’m trying to solve a friend’s problem, and need some computer advice, please.
She has an Acer Chromebook computer, which has no built-in operating system, but runs off the Web using cloud computing and apps for all its software and data. She would like to be able to run local applications such as LibreOffice, and also store data locally (e.g. large quantities of music, etc.).
I think it should be perfectly possible to load a variant of Linux onto her Chromebook, but would that also negate its use as a Chrome computer? Which variant of Linux would work best on a lower-capacity system like this? Can one have both systems (Linux and Chrome) on the same computer in a dual-boot configuration? Has anyone ‘rooted’ a Chromebook to convert it to a Linux box, and if so, can you provide any helpful hints on how to go about it? Can one plug in an external hard drive to use as local storage?
I’ll be very grateful for your help. Thanks in advance.