How to Use the New Linux Chromebook Interface

The new Chrome OS Linux interface might not look familiar to you at first, but it’s definitely a step up in terms of user experience.

If you’ve recently updated your version of Chrome OS, you may have noticed something different when you launch the Linux environment in Chrome OS version 103 and later. Here’s how to use the new Chrome OS Linux interface.

Starting a terminal

If you’re used to jumping directly to the shell when you click the Terminal icon, you might be wondering how to get back to your shell. It’s easy. Simply click on the Linux virtual machine you want to run in the “Linux” section. The default machine in the Linux development environment is called “Penguin”.

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When you click on “Penguin”, you will be back in your favorite case. Now you can get back to coding or just have fun with the command line in the Chromebook Linux environment.

Adding SSH servers

Another major use of the Linux environment is connecting to remote servers with SSH. The new interface makes it easier to access frequently used servers.

In the “SSH” section, click the Add SSH button. You will see a dialog that will ask you to fill in the information you need for your server. Put your username and server address in the “[email protected]format “.


If you generated keys in the Linux environment or have one from another computer, you can use them here. Simply click on the drop-down menu and select your key. If it is in the Linux filesystem, you may need to select Show hidden files from “After“. You can also add other options in the “SSH relay server options” field.

Once the server is configured, you can select it from the many and access it. If you added a key, you can even log in without a password.

Access Linux and Terminal Settings

Another important change to the menu makes Linux and Terminal settings more visible. By clicking Terminal Settingsyou can change the appearance and other options.

You can also access Linux settings by clicking Developer Settings next to the styled HTML tag. This will take you to the same Linux dev environment menu from the Chrome OS settings menu.

A Sleek New Interface for Linux Chromebook Tasks

The new interface may be different, but it should make life easier for you as a Linux Chromebook user. You can access your favorite SSH servers as well as terminal and Linux settings much easier than you could in previous versions.

Linux on Chromebook just keeps getting better and the support for external storage drives in the Chrome OS Linux environment makes it obvious.