Can you install Linux on Chromebook

am looking to buy a laptop.

Apple's out, because the price/meat ratio is about 3 times higher than competitors.

so, that leaves Chromebook and normal Windows laptop.

first question about Chromebook is, can i install full Linux? am not much interested in ChromeOS. Am gonna use this for dev, python ruby database, html, javascript, node.js etc.

Can you install Linux on Chromebook?

yes, but not the normal way.

You have to go thru unsupported hackery process such as turn on developer mode, which adds 10 secs to boot time, then other hackery process to get going. Or, another option is booting up with Chrome OS and run Linux on top, again, not good.

you can read about the complexities here:

Running linux on Chromebook, tech detail https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Chromebook

Horror stories of running linux on chromebook. After a ChromeOS update, your Linux is screwed. Good luck recovering your data. October 19th, 2013. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2181898

Asus X200CA-HCL1104G 11.6 inch Touch Screen Laptop (Windows 8, 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Black) amazon

Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB) amazon

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