Linux application support on Chrome OS was presented a year ago, but since it keeps running in a protected compartment on top of the actual operating system, there were a lot of caveats. Sound support and graphics acceleration are still underway, and we’re at last seeing progress on another essential component which is USB support.
As of now, the Linux holder in Chrome OS can’t access any USB devices. That means developers using Android Studio can’t debug phones over a USB association, users can’t access files from flash drives, etc. Input from external mice and keyboards work, however, that’s about it.
As Keith Myers (member of the Linux Foundation, Free Software Foundation, and other organizations) pointed out on his blog, Linux USB support is presently functional in the Dev/Canary branches of Chrome OS.
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The procedures involve enabling two flags which are #crostini-USB-allow-unsupported and #crostini-USB-support and as well as running ‘sudo apt update’ and ‘sudo apt dist-upgrade’ in the Terminal application. After restarting your Chromebook and connecting in a USB device, a notification will show up enabling you to associate the device to the Linux system. The list of associated devices is available from the ‘Linux Beta’ section of the Chrome OS Settings.
It’s nice to see Linux support continue to enhance on Chrome OS. Presently, that Chromebooks are mainstream in K-12 schools, the Linux environment without a doubt be numerous people’s first introduction to software development.