ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket R77-3818.0 Released – Audio for the GPD Pocket 1

Attention all ChromiumOS for GPD Pocket Users. There is a new update that is currently rolling out. This update is part of my efforts to bring the feature set of the GPD Pocket 2 to GPD Pocket 1 owners. The main feature that users will be excited for is that I have implemented audio support on the GPD Pocket 1! Here is a full list of changes:

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ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket R77-12257.0 Released

If you are a user of ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 1 or 2 ultra-portable computers; you should start seeing a new update rolling out. This update is version R77-12257.0 and contains a few minor stability improvements for both the GPD 1 and GPD 2 devices. This is the first of the promised weekly updates of ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket. Here is a list of the changes;

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ChromeOS 76.0.3809.6 Brings Virtual Desktops and Fixes Crostini

Multi-tasers rejoice! ChromeOS 76.0.3809.6 is currently rolling out to those on the Development Channel and it brings a few very welcomed changes including Virtual Desktops and fixing Crostini which has been broken for almost a week. I am still going through the change-logs but I can say that this looks like a very solid build.

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BETA – ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 2

It has been less than 48 hours since I released a preview build of ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 1 handheld and the responses have been overwhelming with a massive amount of positive feedback. I had a large number of readers request a build to be made for the GPD Pocket 2. I am proud to announce a updated release that will work with the GPD Pocket 1 AND GPD Pocket 2, all in the same image!. I have been testing this image on my new GPD Pocket 2 for the past few hours and I am very happy with the performance. If you are a GPD Pocket 1 owner, stay tuned as there will be more updates over the next 2 weeks.

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Public Preview – ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 1

I first announced that I have been working on a port of ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 1 ultra-portable computer back on March 9th. Unfortunately I have done a poor job with posting updates on the status of the build, that ends today with the first Public Tech Preview of ChromiumOS for the GPD Pocket 1.Technically this may be the worlds smallest Chromebook.

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ChromeOS 76.0.3789.0 Rolling out to the Dev Channel – Adds Crostini GPU Flag

The Chrome team has just released the first Developer Build of ChomeOS 76 and it brings at least one welcomed change that eliminates the need to manually enable GPU support on Crostini. I am currently doing a teardown of the build to try to spot other changes and will update this post accordingly.

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Thank You and Announcing Giveaways

This website has seen an explosive amount of growth over the past year. There was a time that this website got between 10-15 unique daily visits but over the past year, that number has grown to between 150 and 300 unique daily visits and there are often days where the daily visits are in the thousands. I have been featured on several large websites including XDA-Developers, AndroidPolice, AboutChromebooks, BetaNews, Liliputing and countless Reddit/Social Media Posts.

I want to say Thank You to all of those who choose to visit this website and to those who share the content I post. As my way of saying Thanks, I am going to start sponsoring giveaways.

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Crostini USB – What works and what does not

It has been a crazy year for those watching the rapid evolution of ChromeOS, in fact it has been a month since I first broke that ChromeOS had implemented proper USB support in Crostini 75.0.3759.4. Officially the Crostini USB support is limited to Android Phones, specifically to allow for developers to connect to adb on the phone to test applications on actual hardware however it is possible to pass support to many other devices by activating a hidden flag. There is a myriad of USB devices out there and this article provides a overview of what works and what does not work.

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Microsoft’s History of Attacking Google – Only To Give Up And Conform

Microsoft used to have a internal mantra known as “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish” that helped to ensure that they always maintained market dominance.  This was the driving force behind Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s Microsoft Java Virtual Machine, Microsoft Virtual PC and countless other products. This strategy essentially had Microsoft embracing promising new technologies and extending the features of the technology (often by adding exclusive features that work best on Windows) and then using their newfound market dominance to destroy the competing products. Aside from a few legal battles, this strategy often proved very successful for Microsoft however for some unknown reason, Microsoft decided to take a different approach with Google’s line of products – “Troll, Smear and Embrace”. I have compiled a list of my top 3 examples.

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Introducing the ChromeOS Crostini Machine Learning Setup Script

Over the past month, I have been researching Machine Learning and the insane amount of future possibilities that will result in the breakthroughs being made today. Projects like Keras and Tensorflow are pushing the boundaries on what computers are capable of and enabling just about anyone without a multi-million dollar server cluster to get into machine learning. I have built a simple setup script that will automate the process of setting up all of the tools needed to get started with Miniconda, TensorFlow, Keras, Pytorch, OpenCV and more in a ChromeOS Crostini Container. Here is how to get started:

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