Chrome OS first gained its Linux app help, often known as Crostini, with version 69. Whereas it’s actually not flawless, the help has been groundbreaking, enabling every part from full photograph editors to Android Studio on Chrome OS. With upcoming variations of Chrome OS, Google is working to smoothen the tough edges of Crostini to make it simpler to make use of.
Chrome OS 71 will introduce quite a lot of these adjustments, as famous by About Chromebooks. The primary is a delicate one, however useful for debugging. The Linux digital machine your apps run in will likely be seen in Chrome OS’s Activity Supervisor. This presently doesn’t break issues down by app, nor does it present the RAM utilization. All the identical, that is nonetheless helpful for determining why your Chromebook could also be operating slowly.
Talking of, the replace may also embody the flexibility to simply shut down the Linux digital machine. With a easy right-click of the Terminal app’s launcher icon, a brand new “Shut Down Linux (Beta)” choice seems. Beforehand, one of the simplest ways to close down Linux was to restart your Chromebook, which is actually a chore by comparability with a two-click process.
Chrome OS 71 additionally introduces a particularly helpful function within the type of folder sharing. It will permit Linux apps entry to learn and write information in designated Chrome OS folders, as an alternative of solely its personal separated “Linux information.” The folders shared this fashion will be managed within the Linux Apps part of Chrome OS Settings.
We’ve found that this folder sharing function is getting an additional enhance in Chrome OS 72 with Google Drive support. Identical to Chrome OS folders, you’ll quickly be capable to right-click folders in Google Drive and select to share them together with your Linux apps. This will likely be helpful for retaining your work initiatives synced to and from the cloud.
I’m very excited for the Google Drive help, in order that I can lastly maintain my folder stuffed with GIMP initiatives synced between all of my computer systems.