Here’s what Linux backup and restore for Chromebooks looks like, expected in Chrome OS 74

With a feature freeze date of next week for Chrome OS 74, there’s been a slew of activity by developers to implement the Linux backup and restore feature on Chromebooks in time to make the cut. Here’s what it will look like.

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Stable version Chrome OS 72 arrives: Here’s what you need to know

While the official Google changelog list of features in Chrome OS 72 Stable Channel has some welcome additions, there’s plenty more goodness included behind these scenes.

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VPN TUN support coming soon to Linux on Chromebooks with Crostini

A small code change will lead to a largely desired function, particularly for enterprise users: VPN support for Linux apps in Crostini on a Chromebook. Yes, you can use an Android VPN app for Chrome OS, but that security won’t extend to Linux.

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Native backup and restoring of Linux containers in Crostini targeted for Chrome OS 74

Slated for Chrome OS 74 is a new function to export and import Crostini containers on Chromebooks, allowing you to backup or restore your Linux environment as needed — handy for folks relying heavily on Linux apps within the Chrome OS platform.

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Audio support for Linux on Chromebooks appears to be pushed back to Chrome OS 74

After making good progress on audio support for Linux apps on Chrome OS, the feature appears to have missed the cut for Chrome OS 73: Tune in to Chrome OS 74, at the earliest, for audio playback in Project Crostini.

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Coding on a Chromebook: I’m all in with Crostini and the Pixel Slate

One of the most read posts on About Chromebooks is from last April when I detailed how I was coding with my Pixelbook. Now that Project Crostini has quickly matured, I’ve revamped my development environment on the Pixel Slate.

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Pixelbook and “Nami” Chromebooks the first to get Linux GPU acceleration in Project Crostini

The Pixelbook and four other fairly new Chromebooks have the special flag to enable GPU acceleration, making these the first to get the new feature for Linux. This should bring the Android emulator and improved gaming capabilities to Project Crostini.

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Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel adds Google Drive, Play Files mount in Linux, USB device management and Crostini backup flag

The Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel brings a bunch of useful features to Project Crostini on Chromebooks. You can now mount your Google Drive and Google Play files in Linux. Plus there are new flags to enable a Crostini file backup function that’s in the works.

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Chrome OS 72 Dev Channel brings HiDPI toggle for Linux apps in Project Crostini

Using a Linux app on your Chromebook and you just can’t read or use text and app controls because they’re super small? The reason may be due to display scaling and a new option is available in Chrome OS 72 to address it.

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GPU acceleration command for Linux coming soon to Project Crostini

A new command to enable GPU acceleration in Project Crostini was added to the Chrome OS code base, although it doesn’t yet work. Once it does, you should be able to test the feature in Linux on your Chromebook.

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Chromebook file sharing with Linux feature pushed back to Chrome OS 73

If you got used to the Share with Linux files feature on your Chromebook, you might want to get un-used to it. The latest Dev Channel release of Chrome OS removes it with a new target version of Chrome OS 73. Here’s why.

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