If you have tried CloudReady, the excellent software only clone of a Chromebook and it either won’t install or you need the flexibility of a user-friendly Linux as well as features of the Chromebook, I would like to suggest CUB – Linux. CUB – Linux was previously known as Chromixium but Google asked them to change the name.
The goal is the same. To provide a near Chromebook look alike, with easy access to Linux features. If you have used the Chrome browser in Windows but mostly not anything else in Windows, you will get the same general feeling except that CUB – Linux will run on older intel hardware that won’t run Windows 10 or CloudReady.
CUB – Linux will co-exist with Windows as well as another Linux installation. If you have XP/Pro and want to upgrade but Windows 7/10 etc are not usable choices you should try CUB – Linux.
If you have very old intel hardware that won’t run CUB – Linux fast enough, then you may find that Puppy Linux will run on it.