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Google waited way too long to bring Linux to older Chromebooks

Google waited way too long to bring Linux to older Chromebooks

Chromebooks are incredible tools for school and home use, and although they're often thought of as simple machines, they can do a variety of tasks beyond surfing the web. When Google launched Linux support for Chrome OS in 2018, it unlocked access to thousands of desktop applications. While modern Chromebooks have had access to Linux apps for years, capable Skylake-powered systems like the Samsung Chromebook Pro got left in the dust. It seems the wait may finally be over thanks to recent updates — but it may be too late to matter.

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Chromebooks silently testing microphone support for Linux on Chrome OS 79

Chromebooks silently testing microphone support for Linux on Chrome OS 79

Chrome OS may have supported Linux applications since 2018, but it debuted with quite a few limitations. Though GPU acceleration finally started to land for some Chromebooks in the middle of last year, the Linux container still hasn't been able to capture audio input for things like microphones. Or, at least, it couldn't until the feature silently landed with Chrome OS 79.

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Chrome OS 79 released with better Overview window management, lockscreen media controls, and stolen password protection

Chrome OS 79 released with better Overview window management, lockscreen media controls, and stolen password protection

Chrome OS 79 has been pushed to the Stable channel — that sounds technical, but it means the latest version of Chrome OS is now rolling out. This new release includes a tweak to the last version's Virtual Desks feature, better window management for touch controls in Overview mode on some devices, a renamed "Apps" section in Settings with per-app permissions and other options, lockscreen media controls, expanded port support in Linux/Crostini, and Chrome 79's stolen password protection.

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Chromebook Linux bug causing reboots when resuming from sleep, though a fix is coming

Chromebook Linux bug causing reboots when resuming from sleep, though a fix is coming

Being able to run Linux applications on Chromebooks isn't just useful for developers, it can help plug what little remaining app or feature gap prevents you from using the platform. Unfortunately for those that do use it, some folks have been experiencing a problem where their devices spontaneously reboot during sleep if Linux containers are running, and it isn't clear if it will be fixed in time for the next Chrome OS release.

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Linux applications on Chrome OS will use Material Design

Linux applications on Chrome OS will use Material Design

Support for desktop Linux applications is slowly coming together on Chrome OS. We found out about the feature in February, and just a few days ago, a Terminal app began appearing on some Chromebooks. Some users on the Crostini subreddit already have the feature partially working. But all this time, we weren't sure how well the Linux apps would fit into Chrome OS' design, once development was complete.

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