October 16, 2021

Google announces first stable version of Linux apps on Chromebooks

The Linux Development Environment for Chrome OS will be out of beta with the upcoming Chrome OS 91 update. Google announced this in a Chrome OS keynote. With that, Chromebooks get the first stable version of Linux apps.

Linux apps coming to Chromebooks | HildenCo Software

Emilie Roberts, developer advocate at Google, said in the keynote that a number of Linux improvements have been added to Chrome OS, such as better stability, configurable port forwarding and improved USB support. Linux Development Environment is also getting a new terminal app.

Another important feature is that the Linux container will now be updated simultaneously with a new update to Chrome OS. Now it can take days for the Linux container to get an update after a new Chrome OS update.

Linux is still an optional feature on Chromebooks that users have to enable themselves , and it takes up quite a bit of disk space. Google states that Linux on Chromebooks is primarily intended for developers , but it is also a way to run native applications on Chromebooks instead of web applications or Android applications, such as LibreOffice or GIMP.