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Old 03-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #1
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Project Crostini: Chrome OS prepares to support Linux apps


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In an increasing bid for developers’ attention, Google is preparing support for Linux apps in Chrome OS.

Linux continues to be immensely popular amongst the developer community. Last year, Microsoft stripped the beta tag from its own Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which allows Linux apps to run on Windows 10.

Similar to Microsoft’s attempts, it’s clear Google believes supporting Linux will ensure developers spend as much time on their respective platforms as possible. While it may seem counterintuitive, it means developers are more likely to make native apps for the platform they’re using in their spare time.

A commit to Chromium was spotted by Reddit users which adds a new device policy allowing virtual instances of Linux to run on Chrome OS for the purposes of running containerised applications.
Unlike Microsoft’s WSL, Costini is designed to run GUI apps as well as terminal – offering a big advantage to Google’s implementation at this point. However, Google will still face an uphill battle against Microsoft.

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