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Just wondering if the Chromebook uses Linux in some way? If so, would there be a way to run Linux commands (e.g. Ssh) from a command line on it?

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Yes, it does use the linux kernel.


Which the kernel is what "linux" is (an OS kernel), hence the OS we all know and love is sometimes more properly called "GNU/Linux". The "GNU" part is the fundamentals of the userspace (as opposed to kernelspace) and without that, there is no guarantee at all about what software can be used, since software applications exist in userspace, not kernelspace.

Phorce's first link looks pretty decisive tho, so ssh is good. Just don't take the fact that the linux kernel is used to mean it is anything like eg, ubuntu, anymore than android (which also uses linux, the kernel) is.

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I believe that the Chromebook does allow SSH.

check this link

Also, I think they just pack in ChromeOS (Which I believe is an operating system based upon being online. However, you can install Linux.

Check this link

Hope this helps, sorry if this does not answer your question.

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Don't just post links. Please summarize the information found in the links in the case they become dead. –  Marco Jan 16 '13 at 21:31
Apologies for just posting links. Refer to @goldilocks post for further, more in-depth reply. –  Phorce Jan 16 '13 at 21:33

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