“Oh you’ve got a MacBook as well have you?”

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Striding confidently towards my desk with a satisfied look on his face, this is what my work colleague assumed. The expression on his face was one of welcome over to the Apple side, you have made a wise decision.

It was only to be followed by his jaw dropping when I replied “actually, it’s a chromebook”.

On a Friday afternoon earlier this year while other colleagues huddled around my desk I unboxed my new Toshiba Chromebook 2. I had arranged for it to be delivered to my work address and decided to show it off to get an idea of what the guys at work thought of it. You can read my review here.

Fast forward a couple of months to today and Ben Miller reminded me of that Friday afternoon. Who’s Ben you may wonder? Well, I wrote a ‘how to’ on wiping Chrome OS and installing Linux natively on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and he left a comment asking whether I could get elementary OS working as well.

Elementary OS, for those who haven’t heard, is a Linux distro that is based on Ubuntu 14.04. I think the following taken from their own website aptly describes it:

“What we focus on is how we can build an awesome operating system that anyone could use and fall in love with, whether they’re a first-time computer user or a seasoned system admin.”

This OS has been likened to Apple’s operating system and I thought installing it on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 would be a great way to emulate a Macbook (Apple fans, please, call off the dogs, I chose my words carefully – note the use of the word emulate!).

So off we go, let’s install elementary OS onto a Toshiba Chromebook 2 natively.