Python on Chromebook

01 Mar, 2016

Cynthia B writes:

I purchased your book Python for Kids so that my 11 year old daughter and I could start to learn code together. We are trying to install Python on her (lenovo 100S) chromebook to no avail.

We followed several prompts and purchased a python shell which has been installed but can not figure out where to go from here, or if this will even be possible. Any advice?

As far as I'm aware, the Python shell extensions available in the Chrome OS store aren't Python 3 compatible - so at least from a version perspective, that's a non-starter. Even if the version was correct, I suspect your mileage would probably vary with some of the later code examples in the book, using that sort of environment (not a fully fledged installation... again AFAIA).

I don't have a Chromebook to try it out myself, but from a bit of searching, it looks like you can dual-boot Linux, and after that should be able to install anything you like (http://stackoverflow.com/a/15261253/2685350 - although Samsung-specific, I would hope the basic idea still applies).

I've found some instructions on doing so at the following sites:
http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343
http://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/764181-how-to-install-linux-on-an-acer-c720-chromebook