ChromeOS Gains Support for Linux
Pixelbook owners will soon be able to use Linux on their ChromeOS device. Google today announced that Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps, which will let developers open a window and use their favorite Linux-based tools without leaving ChromeOS. Linux will run in a virtual machine environment made just for Chromebooks. It launches instantly and integrates directly with apps on the host device. Google says developers will be able to drag Linux windows around the desktop, open files from downloads, and even deploy Android code from the Linux window to their ChromeOS machine. Google expects to offer Linux in ChromeOS as a preview in the next few weeks. It will offer compatibility with more devices over time. "We were looking at ways to expand support for power users and developers, especially on devices like the Pixelbook," remarked Kan Liu, director of product management, Chrome OS. "Users told us they want the ability to run Linux apps and developer apps, whether it's Android Studio or Visual Studio Code, on ChromeOS." Linux will hit the developer channel soon. It is based on the Debian 4.4 kernel and supports any and all Linux apps.
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