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After three years, Linux apps on Chromebooks are finally breaking out of beta – Review Geek



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When Linux app support hit Chrome OS in 2018, the feature was incredibly unstable. Most apps didn̵

7;t work, and the ones that did were bugs and lacked sound or graphics. But the Linux development environment for Chrome OS, nicknamed Crostini, is finally working well enough to lose its beta nickname.

Google is pulling Crostini out of beta in the next Chrome OS update (version 91), according to an I / O announcement on May 19. The version of Crostini included in Chrome OS version 91 also offers improved stability over previous releases, plus better USB support, a new terminal app, and port forwarding. Google also says that the Crostini environment is automatically updated along with Chrome OS (instead of taking 10 minutes to update after installing a new version of Chrome OS).

But that is not everything. Google says Chrome OS will eventually receive support for the Vulkan API, a 3D graphical interface that could open the door to Steam gaming on Chrome OS. It is unclear when the Vulkan API will arrive in Chrome OS. If we are lucky, it will come with the version 91 update.

Chrome OS version 91 should be rolled out in a few weeks. During its I / O conference, Google also confirmed that Chromebooks will receive improved Android support through virtualization software (which replaces the old Android container). The company is currently rolling out Android 11 for compatible Chromebooks.

Source: Chrome OS Dev, Google via XDA-Developers




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