Yesterday, Google rolled out Chrome OS 69, the latest version of the OS based on GNU/Linux (Gentoo) and Chromium.
Chrome OS has the a lot of the same features and novelties of Google’s Chrome web browser, so the first thing we notice is the Material Design 2.0 interface, which gives the OS a really modern and attractive look. Additionally, another novelty is that running GNU/Linux apps is now possible on the OS’ stable channel that focuses on cloud storage.
This means it is not necessary to use developer tools starting with Chrome OS 69 to be able to have support for GNU/Linux apps. Regular users can now do so freely. However, even if it does not require switching channels, it does not mean the support is enabled by default. Not every chromebook is supported because they need a virtual machine. An example of this are BayTrail-powered computers for which the support is not available.
As for other features and novelties seen on Chrome OS 69, we get better support for tablets in order to run Android apps, a new File Manager that makes it easier to open files on Android, and support for Night Light.
Chrome OS started out simply as a system created to work with Google services. However, new features have made it more appealing as time has passed by. Now Android apps can be run and GNU/Linux apps can be installed to provide an experience similar to that of a traditional desktop PC.