ChromeOS | Linux Development Environment | Update LDE

While ChromeOS is based on Linux, we are not able to install and run Linux applications from within ChromeOS. So to get around this, we can use something called Linux Development Environment (LDE) which is a virtual machine built into ChromeOS.

As LDE is independent to ChromeOS. In order to update any packages that you have installed into the Linux Development Environment on your Chromebook, you will need to use a series of terminal commands. So in this video we demonstrate how you update Linux packages within ChromeOS.

Notes: The term package is used in Linux, to describe the distribution container to a piece of software. So by updating Linux, not only will we update specific pieces of software related to the Linux operating system, we will update any applications that we have installed in Linux.

Quick reference notes:

  • Open the Linux Development Environment menu
  • From within the menu select Penguin to open a Linux Terminal windows
  • First we are going to check for update by typing:
sudo apt update
  • As we did not have any updates, there was no need to perform an update. However, if you need to update the applications and services in your instance of Linux you will need to type:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • When we are once again presented with the command prompt we can close the terminal window, and once again open our Linux applications 
  • To close the terminal window simply typing:
  • When you press enter on the keyboard you will be returned to the LDE menu.

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  • Hi! Per your Youtube video I successfully installed Linux on my Chromebook. (Much Thanks!)

    However I can never get “pinch to zoom” on my touchpad to function while in Firefox although it works in the Chrome browser.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Again, thanks for your videos they were REALLY helpful.

    • I don’t really use touchpad gestures myself so never noticed this problem. However, I think it might just require that something is installed on the Linux side of things, so that Linux can understand touchpad gestures. I’ll see what I can find out.

Thank you for your support


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