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AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

A few years ago, a French computer science student named Florent Revest undertook a project to keep Android Wear smartwatches from dying of obsolescence. That project is called AsteroidOS, built entirely on GNU/Linux libraries and technologies, and in its current state, it's fairly basic. Even so, for all fans of open source software out there, this is pretty damn great.

This is the stable release of v1.0 and it works on a few select watches: Asus ZenWatch, Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch 3, LG G Watch, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3.

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AsteroidOS, an open-source Wear OS alternative, now available as a stable release was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Linux apps in Chrome OS won’t get proper sound and graphics support until December (at the earliest)

Monday, May 14th, 2018

One of my favorite announcements from Google I/O was Linux app support for Chromebooks. Starting with Chrome Dev 68, you can install Android Studio, Wine, Git, Visual Studio Code, and thousands of other Linux applications on the Pixelbook. The company didn't reveal many details at the time, but now we know a bit more about how it works and when to expect it.

People familiar with the project's development told The Register that Chrome 68 will be the first release with basic Linux app support.

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Linux apps in Chrome OS won't get proper sound and graphics support until December (at the earliest) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google officially announces Linux app support on Chrome OS

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

The first evidence of Linux application support on Chrome OS appeared in February, with a Terminal app appearing on Chrome OS Dev soon after. Google has also been working on its own GTK theme, and just a few days ago, Linux app support began rolling out on the Dev channel.

As many anticipated, Google has officially announced Linux app support at its developer keynote today. Android Studio was one of the highlighted applications, alongside GitHub's Atom text editor.

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Google officially announces Linux app support on Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Linux app support going live on Chrome OS Dev channel

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The first evidence of Linux application support on Chrome OS appeared in February, and more details have continued to trickle out since. Earlier this month, a Terminal app began appearing on Chrome OS Dev, confirming that "your favorite native apps and command-line tools" would be supported. Google has also been working on its own GTK theme, so Linux apps feel right at home on Chrome OS.

Less than a week away from Google I/O (where this will probably be officially announced), a new settings option for Linux apps has appeared on the Chrome OS Dev channel.

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Linux app support going live on Chrome OS Dev channel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Linux applications on Chrome OS will use Material Design

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Support for desktop Linux applications is slowly coming together on Chrome OS. We found out about the feature in February, and just a few days ago, a Terminal app began appearing on some Chromebooks. Some users on the Crostini subreddit already have the feature partially working. But all this time, we weren't sure how well the Linux apps would fit into Chrome OS' design, once development was complete.

According to a series of commits discovered by XDA Developers, Linux apps on Chrome OS will actually use Material Design.

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Linux applications on Chrome OS will use Material Design was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Terminal app appears in Chome OS Dev, hints at future Linux container support

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Back in February, some commits to the Chromium codebase revealed that Chrome OS would soon run Linux applications using a container. While it has been possible for years to run Linux applications on top of Chrome OS using crouton, it's a hacky solution that only works in Developer Mode. Google's solution would presumably work better, and perhaps not require Dev Mode to be enabled.

More evidence of this feature has appeared in the Chrome OS Dev channel, as reported by several Reddit users.

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Terminal app appears in Chome OS Dev, hints at future Linux container support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Android Auto-compatible head units aren't too difficult to find these days, but they cost a pretty penny and usually won't fit properly in older cars. A developer created a solution called Crankshaft to address both of those issues, and all you need to make it a reality is a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen.

Crankshaft is a free "turnkey" GNU/Linux distribution with a simple proposition:

  • Buy a Raspberry Pi 3 and a 7-inch touchscreen (and a case, if you'd like)
  • Connect the Pi to the touchscreen
  • Download and unzip the Crankshaft image, and write it to an SD card
  • Assemble the makeshift Android Auto head unit in your car
  • Drive

The developer, Huan Truong, said the project began when he couldn't find an affordable Android Auto Head unit that fit in his 1998 car, which has a single DIN slot.

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Crankshaft turns a Raspberry Pi 3 and a touchscreen into an Android Auto head unit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Demo video] ‘Linux on Galaxy’ will bring the desktop OS to Samsung phones and DeX

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The idea of using a smartphone as a full desktop PC when connected to an external monitor isn't new. The now-dead Ubuntu for phones and tablets had 'Convergence' as one of its main features, allowing you to run full desktop Linux apps when you connected a keyboard and mouse (and display, if your device supported that).

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[Update: Demo video] ‘Linux on Galaxy’ will bring the desktop OS to Samsung phones and DeX was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS may soon be able to run Linux applications in a container

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Even though Chrome OS is based on Linux (Gentoo Linux, to be exact), you can't run traditional desktop Linux applications. One solution to this problem is Crouton, a script that sets up a chroot of Ubuntu or Debian Linux on top of Chrome OS. While this does allow many people to use Chrome OS who otherwise couldn't, it's a hacky solution and requires enabling Developer Mode (which turns off most of Chrome OS' security features).

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Chrome OS may soon be able to run Linux applications in a container was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is needed, Google uses a customized version of Ubuntu 14.04 called 'Goobuntu,' which has never been released publicly.

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Google's Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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