ChromeOS 68.0.3431.0 Brings The Ability To Pin Linux Applications To The Shelf

Heads up all Pixelbook Owners, ChromeOS 68.0.3431.0 is currently being pushed to those who are in the “dev” channel. It seems like Google has made several changes to the bottom dock (shelf) such as removing the Profile Photo, moving persistent notifications and allowing the ability to pin Linux applications to the shelf.

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Running Visual Studio Code on ChromeOS via Project Crostini

I wrote instructions last week on how to get Android Studio to run on ChomeOS via Project Crostini and since then, I have received several requests from readers asking if it is possible to get Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code running on ChromeOS. The answer is yes and here are the instructions

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Just How Vanilla is Debian in Project Crostini on ChromeOS?

When the public got wind that Google was working on bringing Linux Applications to ChromeOS, some got worried that Google was going to create a proprietary and locked down distribution to run applications on. Fortunately this does not appear to be the case but what exactly is custom about the Google build of Debian? It tuns out the answer is not much.

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Troubleshooting and Working With Linux in Project Crostini

Project Crostini is Google’s ambitious plan to bring a full Linux desktop environment to ChromeOS. While this move will mainly cater to developers, I suspect it will be a pretty compelling feature for the general consumer market in the future (can anyone sat Steam on ChromeOS?). While the Beta of Project Crostini is pretty nice, it lacks a easy way to manage and troubleshoot common issues. This guide was put together to help with some basic maintenance and troubleshooting steps that I have come across over the past few days:

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“Linux Apps” Appears in ChromeOS Settings Menu and Several Major Changes

Heads up to all Pixelbook Owners who have been following my posts about ChromeOS Project Crostini, you will be in for a pleasant surprise if you head into your Settings Menu after updating to ChromeOS 68.0.3416.0 (Currently in the Dev Channel). You will now see a “Linux Apps” section that will enable Termina and automatically drop you into a new virtual machine. There are also several new changes that were made in this release.

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Announcement : Unorthodox Computer Challenge

I often consider myself a power user when it comes to computers. My personal collection of computers that I use as daily drivers contains a bevy of high end purpose built machines. Between my Dell XPS 13 and my prized System 76 Kudo Professional, I am well equipped to handle just about anything that comes my way. Within the few week, I will be embarking on a challenge to put my 2 primary machines aside and use several unorthodox computers as my daily drivers at home. Here is how it will work.

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Giving Back To The Ubuntu Gnome Community

I have been a proud user of Ubuntu since 2007 and have used it religiously as my primary Operating System since 2009. Since its humble beginnings in 2004, Ubuntu has quickly grew to become one of the most popular Linux Distributions on earth. It has become so popular that over a thousand “forked” distributions have been created and maintained. I was thrilled with the formation of the Ubuntu GNOME community which announced a version of Ubuntu that utilizes the Gnome Shell rather than Unity. I started using it in October of 2012 and have not looked back since. For the past 2 years, I have been a long time lurker on the Ubuntu GNOME mailing Lists and IRC but as of November 2014, I have decided to step up and fill a much needed vacancy within the community as the Lead of Marketing and Communications.

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