While the desktop computer market continues to shrink year to year, one part of that market has bucked the trend by steadily growing, much to the chagrin of the long time Big Guy in the marketplace.
Google's Chrome OS, running on Chromebooks and based on Linux, has propelled Chromebook sales to steadily increase even in the face of the long term slide in Windows computer sales. However running Linux desktop applications on Chrome OS has been something of a pain for a long time. But that's about to change. Google will soon roll out Project Crostini, drastically changing what people do with their Chromebooks.
Chrome OS began life as a respin of Ubuntu Linux. Then it migrated to Gentoo Linux, slowly evolving into Google's own take on the Linux kernel. It's interface from day one has been the Chrome web browser.
Chromebook users could run Debian, Ubuntu, and Kali Linux alongside Chrome OS by using Crouton, the open-source program, in a chroot container, and they could run Gallium OS, an Xubuntu Chromebook specific Linux variant. But, neither of these solutions were easy for those lacking in tech skills.
According to Google, everyday Chromebook users will soon be able to run Linux inside a virtual machine (VM) designed by Google from scratch and made specifically for Chromebooks. It will fully integrate with Chromebook's unmatched security features and will enable the use of the full range of Linux programs and applications, taking Chromebooks far beyond their incredibly strong selling points to date into a whole new era of making desktop Linux readily available to users everywhere.
I'm glad this is taking place, and along with multitudes of Chromebook users I'm looking forward to experiencing Google's new take on Chromebooks running everything Linux has to offer for myself..
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