Three years after Chrome OS began offering support for Linux apps, the feature is exiting beta, search giant says during a 2021 Google I / O development session. This happens in the “next version” of Chrome OS, which Android Central Remarks is version 91, which should enter the stable channel in the coming weeks.
Chrome OS as an operating system has always been based on Linux, but since 2018 its Linux development environment provides access to a Linux terminal, which developers can use to run command line tools. The feature also allows you to install and launch full-fledged Linux apps along with your other apps. In addition to Linux apps, Chrome OS also supports Android apps.
In addition to announcing the end of the beta, Google developer attorney Emilie Roberts has touted a number of improvements Google has made to the Linux functionality in Chrome OS over the past year. These include a new terminal app, a faster update process that updates the Linux container at the same time as Chrome OS itself, and better support for USB devices.
Google’s announcement came exactly one year after Microsoft announced support for Linux GUI applications in Windows 10. Microsoft recently began testing Linux GUI applications on Windows, and the feature is expected to launch for all users. later this year. This is part of an initiative to better support developers that Microsoft launched in 2016.
In addition to announcing that its Linux development environment is coming out of beta, Google has shared a few more updates on Chrome OS. It is rolling out Android 11 to more machines, which will bring new features like better optimization of Android apps and a new dark theme. Fifty new Chromebooks are expected to launch later this year, Google added.