Can’t wait to have native VPN support for Linux apps in Project Crostini? You don’t need to: The Chrome OS 75 Dev Channel now extends Android VPN security to Linux on a Chromebook.
Chrome OS 75
Chrome OS 75 bringing a web page “reader mode”, here’s what it looks like
At long last, a distraction-free “reader mode” for web pages is coming to Chrome OS. If you can’t wait until version 75 to get it, here’s a great alternative you can use now on a Chromebook.
Chrome OS 75 adds USB device support for Linux, including Android phone debugging
The newest version of Chrome OS 75 finally brings USB device support to Project Crostini. Using Linux on my Chromebook, I can even use ADB commands to a connected Android phone.
Chrome OS to bring Android VPN support for Linux apps on Chromebooks
Using an Android VPN app on your Chromebook? That’s great as long as you stay in Chrome OS: You won’t get VPN security when using Linux apps. A recent code commit suggests that Chrome OS will extend Android VPN support to Linux, however.
Chrome OS 75 will let you uninstall Linux apps from the launcher on your Chromebook
Currently you can remove just about any app from a Chromebook directly from the app launcher. But not Linux apps. That’s changing with Chrome OS 75, which will get the feature for simple Linux app uninstalls.
You’ll be able to resize your Linux drive space on Chromebooks, likely in Chrome OS 75
If you’re running Linux on a Chromebook today, up to 90% of your free disk space can be used for the Crostini container. A new feature to resize the disk will let you free up space.
Video look at virtual desk workspaces, possibly for Chrome OS 74
A short video demonstrates how virtual workspaces will work on a Chromebook. You’ll be limited to four desktops but that should be plenty for a huge productivity boost.
Sideloading Android apps on Chromebooks (very) tentatively planned for Chrome OS 74 or 75
It’s not an official commitment to a particular release, but Google is considering a way to sideload Android apps from outside of the Google Play Store on a Chromebook in the next few months. It’s going to depend on security and other priorities, however.