Chromebooks are excellent devices in their own right, but they aren't for everyone.
Since the devices run Google's stripped-down ChromeOS, Chromebooks are typically only ideal for educators, students, or those who only use their notebooks for web browsing or light work.
This is primarily because ChromeOS only lets users access apps downloaded from the Google Play Store. Furthermore, Chromebooks often have very little physical storage, so users tend to rely on cloud-based solutions like Google Drive.
However, last month, Google attempted to open up ChromeOS to more than just a casual audience. They did this by using virtual machines to bring Linux app compatibility to the Pixelbook.
The trouble is, Pixelbooks are rather expensive at $749, so the functionality hasn't been accessible to the average user.
Of course, $499 is far from chump change for most users, but Google's decision could hint at a broader Linux app compatibility roll-out in the future. The company may decide to bring the feature to even the cheapest Chromebooks over time.
If you do happen to own either a Pixelbook or a Chromebook Plus, you can access Linux apps by opting into the developer build of ChromeOS, enabling beta and experimental features, and using the Terminal to install the Linux apps you'd like to try out.