Chrome OS reveals its Gnu / Linux side with an update

Terminal app in Chrome OS menu

Many are the questions and controversies about whether or not Google's Chrome OS is a Gnu / Linux distribution. Personally, I think that Chrome OS is a Linux distribution but it is not GNU, although having this feature means that one day not too long ago Free Software applications are on Chrome OS.

Google is aware of this and lately is working to make it possible. Through the Chrome OS development channel, a Terminal application has been seen, that is, a terminal like the one we have in our Gnu / Linux distribution.This application or terminal will allow us to navigate through the operating system and even use the functions that our terminal has, thus allowing the installation of certain Gnu / Linux applications. At least in theory. Of course, in addition to having a terminal with which to run the installer, the program will need certain libraries and components to function properly, but the appearance of this application takes a further step towards Free Software and its installation in Chrome OS.

Google has confirmed that it is working on facilitating dual boot to Chromebooks, allowing to have Chrome OS and a Gnu / Linux distribution on the same device. But all this is still in development and we cannot enjoy it except with third-party tools that do not depend on Google or Chrome OS.

Unfortunately this is only for the developer mode, that is, for chromebooks that have the dev mode activated. So that we will have to wait to have the Terminal app on our laptop with Chorme OS. Although, if we take into account the time between the new features of Google Chromium and its portability to Google Chrome, the waiting time could be shorter than expected.

The appearance of the Terminal app is nothing more than a certification that Chrome OS is just another Linux distribution, yes, a distribution that does not have the GNU seal and that it could be interesting if that seal was obtained Do not you think?


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  1.   Miguel said

    Chrome OS is for little girls