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Google announces first stable version of Linux apps on Chromebooks – Computer – News


Short answer: chromebooks have always been Linux and by running android apps in a VM, a lot of changes in chromeOS are undone (less code and more secure).

Long answer and also a reaction to the reaction of @grahampje who suggested that nothing changes in the OS because android apps now run in a VM:

It’s slightly different and to be honest, the terms below are also confusing (at least that’s what I found when I first started):
– Operating system;
– Distro;
– Kernel;
– Desktop;
– Constrain
– Virtual machine;

Linux is unix-like, in other words Linux behaves like unix, but is made up of completely different code.

ChromeOS is a Linux distribution and not a Unix distribution.
There are several Linux distributions (so a Linux core + own desktop + apps + etc), including:
– Android
– Gentoo
– Debian

There are also distributions based on existing distributions, such as
– Ubuntu (op debian)
– chromeOS (op gentoo)
– etc.

Containers and Virtual machines both make it possible to run applications on an OS version. With the main difference that containers make use of all processes on your existing OS and VMs each bring their own processes into the air (ie the entire OS).
– container is much lighter to turn, but less secure
– vm is tougher to run, but more secure.

In chromeos, the android VM is therefore a lot less invasive than the container solution. This costs less maintenance, is more secure and because there is less code difference with other distros, it is also easy to follow the linux kernel in terms of development (this is a goal in itself with android and chromeOS).

Edit: comment @The Zep Man processed, thanks.

[Reactie gewijzigd door 2green op 21 mei 2021 12:44]

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