Acer’s Chromebook Flip C101 is now officially the latest Chrome OS device expected to be in-line for virtualized Linux app support, following a new commit pushed to the Chromium Gerrit on June 15. That places the Flip C101 in a very select club alongside Google’s Pixelbook, the HP Chromebook x2, and the first generation Samsung Chromebook Plus. Of course, there’s no official date with regard to when Linux App support will arrive for the Chromebook Flip C101. If previous trends are followed, then it shouldn’t take too long at all for its official arrival in the Canary Channel of the OS. That comes following a commit indicating that support for the new feature has been moved from the Samsung Chromebook Plus to the devices’ shared parent board. Since only the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Flip C101 share that board, dubbed “Gru,” that suggests that both devices will support Linux apps in a virtual environment.
For those who may not already be aware, this is all happening as part of something called Project Crostini. That’s a project which allows applications from other OS’ to run encapsulated in containers on Chrome OS. As fo this writing, Linux is the only secondary ecosystem for which support is being added due to proprietary and licensing roadblocks for Windows and macOS. The virtualized running of apps would allow users to keep the inherent security in Chrome OS while also being able to effectively run full desktop applications from Linux. In the more distant future, that’s great news for corporations or even individuals who may have put off using Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, or Chromebases because of a lack of support for desktop functionality.
Namely, it should allow for those to be run and to work very well on more pricey Chrome OS devices. Android applications were a good start but there had already been Linux in place in the business world in many instances, so this gives those users new apps and software options. Of course, certain types of software associated with video or audio editing and graphically intensive tasks still won’t necessarily work well until integrated graphics acceleration is supported. The Acer Chromebook C101 features the exact same OP1-rated Rockchip RK339 chipset as the original Samsung Chromebook Plus. Coupled with its other great features, that makes it an astoundingly capable device for its price. However, it’s probably not quite enough to run the most demanding software in virtualization even if it could at the software level.