Microsoft brings desktop Linux apps to Windows 10 Insiders, GUI and all

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has allowed users to install a Linux distribution and run command line applications since Windows 10 first launched in 2015. Initially aimed at developers who wanted to be able to use Linux tools without rebooting or loading a virtual machine, WSL has picked up a number of improvements and […]

Google brings Linux app support to some older Chromebooks (including Chromebook Pixel 2015)

Chrome OS started out as a browser-based operating system that could run web apps only. Eventually Google added support for Android apps, and then for Linux apps, making Chromebooks more useful as general-purpose laptops. But while most new Chromebooks feature out-of-the-box support for Android and Linux apps, many older models do not… and it looked […]

Chrome OS updates to bring Linux apps to MediaTek Chromebooks, Android 9 to most Chromebooks

I’m in the camp that believes Google’s browser-based Chrome OS was always a “real” operating system and not just a glorified web browser. But the addition of support for Android apps and Linux apps in recent years has certainly gone a long way toward making the operating system more versatile. Now it looks like there […]

Google’s Crostini lets you run GNU/Linux apps on Chromebooks without enabling developer mode

People have been running Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions on Chromebooks for almost as long as Chromebooks have been available. While some folks have replaced Chrome OS altogether or created dual boot systems, the simplest method is to use Crouton, which allows you to install a Linux distribution in a chroot environment, allowing you to […]