Brussels / 2 & 3 February 2019


Crostini: A Linux Desktop on ChromeOS

Recent versions of ChromeOS allow users to run a full Debian operating system in a dedicated container. This talk discusses the technologies behind the implementation, the current functionalities, and a rough roadmap of where we're going to bring this features, that integrates the chrome and linux desktop for the first time, making ChromeOS the most readily available Linux machine for an end user or enterprise.

ChromeOS is a Google made Linux-based operating system that focuses on security, speed, and is optimized to run a web centric workload. From the beginning ChromeOS computers could run Chrome, and a few specially made applications, but since 2016 they also run Android apps. ChromeOS devices are readily available from many manufacturers.

Since version 69 of ChromeOS, released in the fall of 2018, users can run a Debian GNU/Linux operating system inside a VM and container. This is initially targeted at power users and developers, but opens the option of running any Linux desktop app on a ChromeOS device, instantly making ChromeOS devices the most easily available Linux computer for a consumer to get.

In this talk we will discuss:

  • The architecture of Crostini, and its rationale

  • Its current features and functionality

  • Personalizing and configuring your container

  • Enterprise features to control linux deployments on ChromeOS

  • Roadmap plans, including how developers can target ChromeOS as a platform for users to run their Linux desktop applications


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