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Turn on Linux
Linux is off by default. You can turn it on any time from Settings.

Set up Linux on your Chromebook
Linux is a feature that lets you develop software using your Chromebook. You can install Linux command line tools, code editors, and IDEs (integrated development environments) on your Chromebook. These can be used to write code, create apps, and more. Check which devices have Linux.

On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
Select Settings and then Advanced and then Developers.
Next to “Linux development environment,” select Turn On.
Follow the on-screen instructions. Setup can take 10 minutes or more.
A terminal window opens. You have a Debian 10 (Buster) environment. You can run Linux commands, install more tools using the APT package manager, and customize your shell.
Turn off Linux
At the bottom right, select the time.
Select Settings and then Advanced and then Developers and then Linux development environment.
Under “Remove Linux development environment,” select Remove.
Access your microphone on Linux
You can use your microphone when Linux is turned on.

At the bottom right, select the time.
On the left, select Linux.
Turn on Allow Linux to access your microphone.
Security & permissions
To protect your computer, your Chromebook typically runs each app in a “sandbox.” However, all Linux apps run inside the same sandbox. This means a harmful Linux app can affect other Linux apps, but not the rest of your Chromebook.

Back up & restore
If you have trouble with back up and restore, learn how to back up and replace your Linux files and apps.

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