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.
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:
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.
I have been writing a lot about Project Crostini Containers over the past week and overall it is an impressive feature that exposes the true power and potential of ChromeOS. Over the past few days, I have found a few problems with Project Crostini that some readers may find problematic.
I posted a tutorial yesterday on how to get Android Studio running on ChromeOS via Project Crostini Containers but I realize that not everyone is a Android Developer. Today’s tutorial will appeal to PHP Developers who would like to do some local development and testing on their Pixelbook via Project Crostini. Of course this is not designed to allow you to host production websites but it will work for those who wish to build and test PHP based web applications.
I have been on a roll with posting several guides over the past 24 hours with how to make use of Project Crostini. One problem I have noticed with Project Crostini filesystems is that there is that they are not shared with ChromeOS, to make matters worse, your ChromeOS Filesystem is also not shared with the Project Crostini VM. Fortunately there is a simple workaround.
A few hours ago, I made a blog post on how to get Firefox running on ChromeOS via a Project Crostini Container. I started getting questions asking if Android Studio works. Today I will be taking this one step further by providing instructions to get Android Studio Running on the Google Pixelbook via a ChromeOS container.
ChromeOS has been criticized as a limited operating system in the past by many tech reviewers however things are about to change with the introduction of ChromeOS Containers. This is due to something known as “Project Crostini”. If you are a Pixelbook owner who does not mind getting their hands a bit dirty in the command line, you can try this now and unlock the full potential of your Pixelbook.