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Chrome OS and Linux, a new love story

Jose Antonio Sal y Rosas

May 15th, 2018

It has been a great week from two key tech conferences: Microsoft Build and Google I/O 2018. But there is something else that caught my attention – I mean, besides all the progress about artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and the amazing responsiveness of Google Assistant – and that is the great news that is coming for web/mobile development in confirming that Chrome OS will finally add Linux support for its upcoming release. Awesome right!

Chrome OS and Linux, a new love story

Since I embrace open source for web development, and with so many flavors of Linux out there in desktops and laptops, a new player in the market will help increase the number of features in each device with Linux. Moreover, a further benefit will be added with Android Studio for Chrome OS, which is under development. So exciting!

According to Wikipedia, Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google that is based on the Linux kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. As a result, Chrome OS primarily supports web applications. However, in this Google I/O 2018 Keynote, Chrome OS director of product management, Kan Liu, announces: “users will be able to run Linux tools, editors, and integrated development environments directly on Chromebooks”.

According to VentureBeat, the Google Pixelbook will be the first chromebook with this feature before rolling out later to other models.

As a developer, I love great tools and I believe this will be very powerful and handy, particularly considering that it’s Google, that is behind this hardware and software union.

Stay tuned for more news.

Further reading

It’s Official: Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks
Chrome OS is getting full-fledged Linux apps
Chrome OS is getting Linux app support
The Best Linux Laptops – Our Most Recommended Laptops for Ubuntu & Other Linux Distros

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