I am not a Crouton fan. I have never used it. I am sure you have noticed the absence of Crouton related posts on this blog. I am making an exception this time for this news because it sounds totally cool!
Crouton is a tool used by Chromebook owners to run a Linux distribution (usually Ubuntu) alongside Chrome OS. The tool allows users to break the limitations of Chrome OS and make Chromebooks fully functional Linux laptops (then they are no longer Chromebooks, but just another device running device. But that’s for another post).
Now the news. dnschneid, a Github user, is working on a new feature for Crouton which will allow users run Ubuntu on a Chrome tab. This is currently available for Chrome OS Dev channel users to test. Find more details of the project and download links here.
Update: Thanks DennisL for providing more information on the developer. In his words “David Schneider is a lot more than a Github user. He’s a Stanford University grad and currently a Chrome Hardware Engineer working at Google – and does ‘crouton’ development in his spare time.
Some other credentials can be found here:
With this, switching between Chrome OS and your Linux distro is easier than ever, just switch to the Linux tab!
Users on the Chromebook Community on Google Plus have reported that they could get this working on stable channel too. So, you might want to give it try!
Crouton fans, give this a try and let me know what you think!