According to François Beaufort who is a French 'Happiness Evangelist' at Google (and no, I didn't make that up), Chromebook users will soon be able to choose what operating system they want. In a publicly shared post from last week, Beaufort states that "in order to support installing and testing custom code on Chrome OS devices, the chromium team is currently adding the ability to easily enable Debugging Features when the device is booted in Developer Mode." This will mean that such things as removing the rootfs verification top enable OS file modification will be possible, along with enabling SSH access using standard test keys and, importantly, booting from USB for installing an OS image off a USB drive.
OK, so the ability to run your Chromebook on something like Ubuntu isn't exactly new but these changes will likely make the process easier. That said, you are still talking about having to 'powerwash' the Chromebook into the Dev Channel and enable debugging features, so it's still not for the feint-hearted and there's always the opportunity to brick your device if you get it wrong.
So is anyone here already running a dual-boot Chromebook, or inspired to get rid of ChromeOS following this news? If so, let us know how you get on.