Crostini Could Offer More Linux Distros in The Future

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

You might already be familiar with Crostini if you aren’t new to the Chrome OS family but if you are, Crostini is Google’s initiative to expand the usability of Chromebooks.

The company wants to achieve this by creating an evenly balanced environment where Linux apps can easily co-exist side by side with their Chrome OS counterparts and in the process creating a remarkably intuitive yet resourceful working space where users won’t need to leave Chrome OS for the sole purpose of using their preferable Linux programs to accomplish tasks.

Google is betting big on Crostini and the company hopes its success could effectively turn Chromebooks into enticing products for the development community but according to a feature request, Linux Beta on Chromebooks could be a lot more welcoming if the Linux flavor being offered by default isn’t limit to only Debian.

The request was spotted by Kevin from AboutChromebooks and it would effectively add multiple Linux distros Crostini thereby allowing users to pick their preferred Linux platform.

Admittingly, it is possible to run multiple Linux flavors alongside Crostini — though I wouldn’t recommend this — but none of these flavors are officially being offered by Google and using them requires broad knowledge about Linux containers and how they are implemented.

It is uncertain whether the request addition will be approved ( though it is currently being reviewed) but with Microsoft already touting the feature through its Linux efforts— You don’t just have access to Linux subsystems on your Windows machine, you are granted multiple Distro choices– Google is already playing catch up to its rival. 

If you are interested in running a different flavor of Linux within Chrome OS, Kevin listed two (Tutorial 1 and Tutorial 2)Reddit instructions on how to accomplish this. But, as we mentioned, none of the available resources are from Google and following the steps could be tricky for someone new to the whole Linux atop Chrome OS business.

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Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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