First, there wad Chrome OS. Then came Android apps. Next was Linux. There were rumors of “AltOS”, but I was not convinced. XDA team has stumbled upon something in the Chromium repositories, and I have started to believe in this future now.
The code piece that we are reviewing today clearly states talks about eve (code name for Pixelbook) and AltOS (which is believed to be the code name for Chrome OS dual-boot).
Eve: Fix AltOS certification test USB issue.
If you look closer, the code has mentions of WHCK (Windows Hardware Certification Kit) and HLK (Windows Hardware Lab Kit). These clearly show that Google is interested in getting official Microsoft certification for the Pixelbook to run Windows 10.
I am really curious to know why Google wants Pixelbook to dual-boot Windows 10. It would have made sense if they wanted Pixelbooks to be their primary device inside the company. However, as far as I know, Googlers are not fans of Windows. They prefer MacOS. There is said to be a modified version of Pixelbook board in the works, codenamed Eve-Campfire. If Googlers were submitting commits only to that branch, we could have assumed that this is a Pixelbook variant for internal use. However, XDA folks say that AltOS related commits are happening both on the eve main branch and on the Eve-Campfire branch. This means Google has plans to make this publically available.
If this was an internal project, there wasn’t really a need for Google to get Microsoft certification either.
One more thing. Where does Fuchsia fit into this whole mix?