Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages
Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chrome OS devices that support Linux apps. The forthcoming feature will bring a new flow for installing Linux applications through .deb packages. A string of commits shows that support isn’t simply being turned on, but that all the finicky elements like interacting with the terminal, checking dependencies, and authentication will be hidden from the user.
The user interface flow still hasn’t been finalized, but we can expect that .deb files will be clickable from the Chrome OS Files app, which then triggers the installation in your Linux app container directly with no need for the user to step in when the process trips up. Incidentally, the Files app is getting a major revamp to integrate better with the Android and Linux app environments.
|Chromebooks with Linux app support will soon be able to install Debian packages
Recent code updates indicate forthcoming support in Chrome OS for no-fuss Debian .deb package installation on Chromebooks that support Linux apps.