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Google Chromebooks have always been a centre of attraction for the users who look for a handy device for media consumption and light internet browsing. However, the device is not as thin as the users expected and it turns out that the Chromebooks are not a great choice when it comes to a thin notebook for daily productivity tasks. Now, the tech giant Google has recently made an announcement on Engadget stating that the Chromebook might soon be a lot more capable than it is currently. As per the report, the Chromebook will now have an added support for Linux app.
According to the announcement made by Google, the company's own Pixelbook will be the first Chromebook that will receive the Linux app support and will be joined soon by other models. There are some rumours that are making some rounds over the internet related to the upcoming feature. The rumours were first reported when the developers released the first look at a new Linux terminal for Chrome OS that was named Crostini. Following that the terminal had officially appeared in the experimental Canary channel for Chrome OS just a week prior to Google's recently concluded I/O conference.
This is the first time that Google has officially made the announcement for the Linux app support for the Chromebooks. However, the users have already used different third-party options for the same. It is being reported that a project which is known as Crouton, allows the Chromebook users to create an isolated file system where they can install the Linux or Ubuntu. The project has been available for quite some time now. However, unlike the upcoming official support, the Crouton required the users to enable developer mode. It also allowed disabling some of the Chrome OS's major security measures which compromised the security of the devices.
It is being reported that Google has now created a custom virtual machine (VM) on Chrome OS. The custom VM on Chrome OS allows the users to run a version of Debian. This, in turn, will allow the Chromebook users to run the Linux apps on their devices without disabling the Chrome OS's security measures. Google is also claiming that the users will be able to launch their Linux apps directly from the launcher and also by tapping on the saved files in the download folder.
Google is quite confident that running most of the Linux apps within the Chrome OS will not cause any issue. However, as per Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS has suggested that running the Linux based apps on a virtual machine might slow down the Chromebooks.