I’ve just been reading an online article mentioning LaCrOS for Chromebooks, Google’s Linux and Chrome OS, which apparently uses Linux for the base and decouples the browser from the internals of the OS. I don’t really like Google and haven’t used their Chromebooks but this is an interesting development, I think, especially if it expands Chromebook compatibility with normal Linux applications, e.g. through Flatpak or Snaps. Share your thoughts?
Chrome OS already is built on Gentoo. I don’t think this LaCrOS is moving to what you think it is. It looks like it is more of a push to port Chrome for Linux more to Wayland and skin it similar to the current Chrome while using existing Chrome OS tech. To me this looks like a security mitigation for older devices.
My thoughts is Google is a very bad company, and you should avoid it at all costs.
I see a major win for desktop Linux because to the degree Google uses those packages they’ll likely contribute upstream. I also expect them to start tackling compartmentalization and permissions in a better way which could be copied. Flatsnimages are a good start but nowhere near a final answer.
I see a major loss if Google “out-Linuxes” Linux for users who’s definition of Linux is just a productive non-Windows/Mac alternative. A large percentage of Linux uses main Chromium or a derivative, even the hardcores usually main an Android phone or a derivative. That may start applying to the OS too.
I don’t really know anyone who uses Chromebooks. I could see their usefulness for browsing on-the-move but not much else - being preferable to tablets for that because they do at least have a keyboard. For folk who use them, I think keeping the browser secure is probably an advantage; also for those who used Chromium on “regular” distros, I guess that’s helpful, though I try to avoid it myself.
I do try to avoid them. I think the next major step forward would be to have a true linux-based phone. PinePhone looks very promising, as do some of the distros supporting it.
I think Google could really help Linux uptake through their Chromebooks if they wanted to focus on that, though I get the impression they want their own niche market and although they do support open source in ways, will want to keep their “own version” distinct. I am certainly looking forward to a true Linux phone to replace Android and am keeping an eye on potentially contributing to development of this. Really understanding the internals is one reason why I’ve resumed building LFS as I say elsewhere.
I am going to snag me one of those as soon as I can. Then we have to push the app makers to develop for those. For example, Skype and Spotify. They already both make Linux versions, so let’s push them to make mobile Linux versions.