Recently, Google developers who are in charge of the Chrome OS project, announced the launch of the new version of the Chrome OS 101 operating system, version in which the main novelties that are presented are a support for the transfer of files between devices, security improvements, among other things.
For those unfamiliar with Chrome OS, you should know that the system is based on the Linux kernel, ebuild / portage build tools, open components, and the Chrome 101 web browser.
Main new features of Chrome OS 101
In this new version of the system that is presented, it was supposed to be released on April 28, but it was not available until just a few days ago.
Already with the new version released, we will be able to know its news and it is worth mentioning that for those who have already updated, they must have noticed that when starting the system, it starts with a new dark home screen that presents a white Chrome logo followed by “chromeOS” .
It is also highlighted that implemented a "Network Based Recovery mode" (NBR), which allows the user to be able to install a new version of Chrome OS and update the firmware in case of system corruption and inability to boot without the need for a local connection to another device. The mode is available for most Chrome OS devices launched after April 20.
Another change that stands out in this new version of Chrome OS 101 is that in the toolkit fwupd, also used by most Linux distributions, used to download and install firmware updates for peripherals. Instead of installing updates automatically, a user interface is provided that allows you to update when the user sees fit.
On the other hand, it is highlighted that the environment for running Linux applications (Crostini) has been upgraded to Debian 11 (Bullseye). Currently Debian 11 only offered for new installations of Crostini, and old users remain on Debian 10, but will be prompted to upgrade to the new environment at startup. The update can also be started via the configurator. To simplify problem diagnosis, a log with information about the progress of the update is now saved in the Downloads directory.
In this new version of Chrome OS 101 it is also highlighted that enable new left-aligned launcher for some, a design we first saw last year. Actually, this new launcher was supposed to be widely released in Chrome OS 100, but it hasn't been enabled for too many people by default, the toolbar on the left has simplified access to options and clearly shows which modes and functions are currently enabled or disabled.
In addition to this, it also highlights the improved camera interface and that in the settings tab, the readability of the parameters has been improved and the search has been simplified.
Cursive, an ink note-taking software, provides a canvas lock switch to control whether panning and zooming is available on the canvas, for example, to prevent accidental movement while working on a note. Canvas lock is enabled via the menu and disabled via the button at the top.
Finally if you want to know more about it about this new version of the system, you can check the details by going to to the following link.
Last but not least, if you are a Raspberry user, you should know that you can also install Chrome OS on your device, only that the version you can find is not the most current, and there is still the problem with video acceleration due to hardware.