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Chrome OS 80 will start using Debian 10 Buster on new Linux installations

At Google I/O last year, Google announced Linux app support for Chrome OS. This is made possible thanks to installing a GNU/Linux distribution, specifically Debian 9 "Stretch", in a Linux container. Earlier this year, the Debian project announced Debian 10 "Buster," but Google wasn't ready to upgrade the default Linux container on Chromebooks just yet....

Here’s a list of 200+ smartphones that can run Linux distributions

A Linux kernel is a core element of Android but despite this, Android is much different from a typical Linux distribution for its lack of a GNU interface. Android and Linux apps are not exchangeable because of different runtime systems and libraries. But with the efforts of some brilliant developers, you can actually run a...

Microsoft plans to add support for exFAT to the Linux kernel

Microsoft announced last Wednesday that they planned to add support for exFAT to the Linux kernel, a file system that they have profited off of licensing to Android device manufacturers for years. exFAT was a file system created in 2006 with the intention of improving upon the FAT file system, and it has better support...

Chrome OS 76 adds a flag to enable GPU support for Linux apps

It has been more than a year since Linux apps first appeared on Chrome OS devices. Since then, more and more Chromebooks started receiving support and the project got better, too. But, there is one feature that has been heavily requested by the users and that's graphical acceleration. GPU support has been nonexistent for Linux...

Linux on DeX now supports the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Tab S5e, and Galaxy Note 8, and hints at upcoming Galaxy Tab S5 support

Samsung DeX turns flagship Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets into portable PCs. In its first iteration, released alongside the Galaxy S8, DeX required dedicated hardware in the form of the DeX Station. With the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4, DeX no longer required a special dock and instead worked with supported USB Type-C...

Chrome OS 75 brings full USB support for Linux apps

Last year, Chrome OS received an update to add in official support for Linux applications. The initial support was very rough around the edges, to say the least, but since then the company has been working hard to fix things up and make it more user-friendly. With each update for this newly added support to...

How to install Linux on the Chuwi Hi10 Air

There's a lot of Chinese brands putting out exceptional devices at the moment--just have a look at brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus for examples of this. But the Chinese market is big, and there's a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Chinese OEMs. Chuwi currently figures as one of these...

Chrome OS 74 adds support for backing up the Linux container

Google has continued to update Linux support on Chrome OS lately. For those unaware, Linux support in Chrome OS, known as "Crostini" by the internal dev team, can be tracked by monitoring the Chromium Gerrit for new commits. It's unclear how far Google's roadmap for Linux support will go when it comes to Chrome OS,...

Chrome OS 74 brings audio support to Linux apps

In the middle of last year at Google I/O 2018, we learned that Chrome OS was gaining support for Linux applications starting with the Google Pixelbook. This feature had formed from what was known internally as "Crostini" and we had been tracking it throughout its development cycle. Since then, support for Linux apps has grown to...

FWUL, the Linux distro designed for Android debugging and modding, hits version 3.0

Chances are, at least once in a lifetime, you needed to flash your Android device or simply use adb or fastboot for debugging purposes. Considering the fact that Windows has more than 80% market share on the operating system market, chances are even higher that you use it. That's why it's sometimes so hard to properly...

Linux kernel 5.0 RC1 is available with ARM big.LITTLE EAS support, F2FS fixes, and much more

While we don't typically cover what happens in the mainline Linux kernel realm, it's important for us to keep track of what's going on with each new kernel release since Google mandates a minimum Linux kernel version requirement with each new release of Android. The recent decision to extend LTS releases from 2 to 6...

[Update: Test over] Google’s Project Stream lets you play high-end games in Google Chrome

Streaming video games is yet another cool trend of 2018. We've seen big-name services like NVIDIA GeForce and PlayStation Now do it, and now it looks like Google is trying to get into that business with Project Stream. Starting October 5th, some lucky people can test playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey right in Google Chrome without needing...