ChromeOS Flex as a Linux alternative for outdated Apple computers

ChromeOS Flex as a Linux alternative for outdated Apple computers

Google’s alternative operating system ChromeOS Flex has now been officially released in its final form. This should make a Chromebook out of numerous – even old – PCs. But support for ex-Windows computers doesn’t stop there: Old Macs can also be used, as a look at Google’s compatibility list shows.

An iMac series, a Mac mini series as well as three MacBook Air and two MacBook Pro series are officially certified by Google – they are all Intel machines that were released after 2010. In addition, there is another iMac and a 12-inch MacBook series with “minor problems” (which Google unfortunately does not name in detail). It should also be noted that two of the officially supported MacBook Air series cannot access their built-in webcam under ChromeOS Flex.

Installing ChromeOS Flex on the Mac is also pretty easy: you build a bootable stick with the operating system and install the software after booting. All you need is 16GB of storage space. ChromeOS Flex corresponds in many ways to the operating system for Chromebooks and can also be administered via the Google Admin Console.

It is not advisable to use a Mac with an outdated operating system in production. Not only are functions and current drivers possibly missing, there are also tangible security reasons. Because without the security updates regularly released by Apple, you have to live with open security gaps, for which there have long been readily available exploits – so it is best to disconnect such a Mac from the Internet.

So far, there has been one alternative in addition to ChromeOS Flex: installing a Linux system. However, this involves more effort than that of ChromeOS Flex. On the other hand, such systems can also be configured in a much more fine-grained manner on the Mac. In addition, problems with certain hardware can be fixed more easily, even if this involves more tinkering work.

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