Google released Debian Buster for Chromebooks earlier last year. It brought many improvements to Linux. It includes stability, improved GUI support, graphics acceleration, and many other enhancements. Google has begun to change the Linux container with the Debian Bullseye release (also known as Debian 11). Now you can update your Chromebook to Debian Bullseye to see the new improvements to the Linux container. You don’t have to switch to the buggy Canary channel. Let’s now see how to install Debian Bullseye from a Chromebook.
Chromebook 2021: Update to Debian Bullseye
Be aware that Chromebooks issued by schools won’t be allowed to use the Debian Bullseye build unless the school administrator removes this restriction. You can easily update your Chromebook to Debian Bullseye if you are not the school administrator.
Why should you install Debian Bullseye for Chromebook?
Google has yet to announce the changelog regarding what Bullseye will be adding to Chromebooks. According to the official Debian release notes, however, you will be able to support exFAT filesystem and driverless printer and scanning support in Linux applications. Debian Bullseye, which will improve the compatibility and gameplay of many desktop-grade Steam games, will also be available for Chromebooks running Chrome OS.
According to some reports, Google will add full Vulkan graphics API support for Chromebooks with Debian Bullseye. On-device gaming will be much more enjoyable. It means that Steam and other games that use the Vulkan API are now available on Chromebooks. The Bullseye build is currently in development, but you can update Debian Bullseye from your Chromebook. Follow the below guide:
Move to the Dev Channel (ChromeOS 94 or higher)
1. Open the Settings page by clicking on the Quick Menu panel at the bottom-right corner.
2. Next, click “About Chrome OS” in the left sidebar.
3. Click on “Change Channel,” and then move to “Developer-instabil.“
4. Go to the About Chrome OS page again to check for new updates. It will now download the Chrome OS build via the Dev channel. After the installation is complete, restart your Chromebook, and you will be redirected to the Dev channel (Chrome OS 94.4 or higher).
Debian Bullseye: Linux Update on Chromebook
1. Open chrome://flags Chrome and search for Debian version to create new Crostini containers. You can also directly open chrome://flags#crostini-container-install by copy-pasting it in the address bar.
2. Click the drop-down menu beside the Chrome flag to select [Debian] Bullseye on your Chromebook. Then, restart your Chromebook.
3. You will now need to delete the existing Linux container. It will erase all Linux programs and files that you have saved to the Linux section of the Files app. Make sure you have a backup. Go to the Settings page. Click on “Advanced->Developers->Linux development environment”. Next, click on the Remove Linux Development Environment button.
4. After you have deleted the Linux container, create a new Linux container on Chromebook. Go back to the Settings page and click Advanced -> Developers-> Linux development environment.
5. After setting up Linux Bullseye for Chromebook, open Terminal and execute the following command. The Terminal will now pull data from the Bullseye repository.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
6. To confirm that Bullseye is running on your Chromebook, run the following command.
Upgrade Linux to the Latest Debian Bullseye Build for Your Chromebook
This is how to install Debian Bullseye easily on a Chromebook. It would be best if you switched to the Dev channel, not Developer mode. It is easier to switch to the Dev channel. Developer mode is reserved for advanced users who wish to debug the OS. That’s all we have to say. Check out these linked articles to learn more about the best Linux apps on Chromebook and how you can play Albion Online from Chromebook. If you have any questions, please let us know by commenting below.