One in every of my favourite bulletins from Google I/O used to be Linux app enhance for Chromebooks. Beginning with Chrome Dev 68, you’ll set up Android Studio, Wine, Git, Visible Studio Code, and 1000’s of different Linux packages at the Pixelbook. The corporate did not expose many main points on the time, however now we all know a bit of extra about the way it works and when to be expecting it.

Other folks aware of the mission’s building informed The Sign up that Chrome 68 would be the first free up with elementary Linux app enhance. It is powered through a digital device Google advanced known as ‘crosvm,’ and a suite of gear is put in at the Linux device to higher combine with the host OS (symlinks, the ‘cros-adapta’ GTK theme, and many others). In different phrases, it is corresponding to operating VirtualBox with visitor additions put in.

Since it is a full-on VM as an alternative of a chroot, which is what crouton makes use of to run Linux on Chromebooks, efficiency is an issue. Reportedly, simplest about part of Pixelbooks have the horsepower for a good Linux developer enjoy (probably that means Android Studio ore different heavy IDEs).

It isn’t transparent if Linux app enhance might be restricted to a make a choice Chromebooks, however I am hoping that is not the case. Even if Android Studio indisputably would not run on $200 Chromebooks, more practical gear like Git and Atom would most certainly nonetheless paintings smartly.

The Chrome OS staff is reportedly having problems with integrating sound and graphics drivers, which most certainly would not be a wonder to Linux customers. The staff is aiming for those problems to be solved through Chrome 71, which is predicted in December of this 12 months.