53: Linux Action News

13 May 2018

It's confirmed Linux apps are coming to Chrome OS. Google is finally putting pressure on OEMs to ship security patches, and we try Android of Things.

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  • Linux apps on Chrome OS confirmed — Linux runs inside a virtual machine that was designed from scratch for Chromebooks.
  • It could be a while before Linux apps work well on Chrome OS — There are other bits of glue, such as these in-container tools, to run whatever programs you want within a Linux VM within a Chrome OS container.
  • Google puts pressure on OEMs over Android patches — “We’ve also worked on building security patching into our OEM agreements. Now this will really … lead to a massive increase in the number of devices and users receiving regular security patches.” – David Kleidermacher, Google’s head of Android platform security
  • Android Things is finally ready for devices — Android Things is hitting its 1.0 release today after launching to developers at the end of 2016.
  • Android Things 1.0
  • Clarity on CoreOS and Red Hat — As for CoreOS’s existing customers? Breard promises that “No users or communities will be left behind.”
  • Red Hat and Microsoft bring OpenShift to Azure — With this new offering, you will be able to more easily move your applications between on-premises environments and Microsoft Azure. This is because they are leveraging a consistent container platform in OpenShift across the hybrid cloud.
  • WSL coming to Arm — As spotted by the folks at Neowin, during a presentation at the MS Build developer conference this week, Microsoft also showed Ubuntu running on a Windows 10 on ARM computer, meaning that Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) will be among the 64-bit apps you can install on these computers.