You can now run Linux apps on Chrome OS

For the longest time, developers have taken Chrome OS machines and run tools like Crouton to turn them into Linux-based developer machines. That was a bit of a hassle, but it worked. But things are…

While this is pretty exciting, it still seems like Crouton would be needed to be able to really work on ChromeOS as a full development environment. For example, unless you used a browser-based dev environment, like AWS Cloud9 or shelled into a remote server, you’d probably still want to set up an environment on your local filesystem – which means installing software such as Node, PHP, Ruby, (whatever you work on these days).

Update: It’s worth noting that, while not having tested it out myself, it sounds like these Electron-based applications aren’t super performant on ChromeOS – at least not until they get GPU support.

None the less, it’s still pretty cool to see how Chromebooks are evolving!

Source: You can now run Linux apps on Chrome OS

2 thoughts on “You can now run Linux apps on Chrome OS”

    1. Nice! I have a Samsung Chromebook 3 – not very fancy and the screen resolution isn’t great but it was super inexpensive. I mainly purchased it to experiment with ChromeOS and Linux.

      Right now I have ChromeOS wiped out and GalliumOS installed and have been just using it as a Linux laptop to fiddle with. I have a full dev environment set up on it but I’m pretty limited with memory and disc space for it to be a serious dev machine. I might go back to ChromeOS with Crouton so I can experiment with these new features. The main reason I went with a full Linux install was because you can’t install Docker on Crouton because they use the same chroot, as I understand it.

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