Google has issued an operating system Chrome OS 56, based on the Linux kernel, system Manager, upstart, Assembly tools ebuild/portage, and open components web browser Chrome 56. The user environment is limited to the Chrome OS web-browser, and instead of the standard programmes involved web-apps, however, Chrome OS includes a full multi-window interface, desktop and taskbar.
Build Chrome OS 56 is available for all current models of the Chromebook, with the exception of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA, Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer Chromebook R11. Enthusiasts formed an informal Assembly for plain x86, x86_64 and ARM. The source code is distributed under the free Apache 2.0 license.
Main changes in Chrome OS 56:
- Making the taskbar (Shelf) and menu system is aligned with the concept of Material Design;
- Added to the system of separate updates for the Adobe Flash plugin;
- On all models the Chromebook requires a new version of a screen reader ChromeVox;
- Revised implementation of pop-up scroll bar;
- In the system tray implemented some icons for different types of Bluetooth devices (mouse, headphones, camera, smartphone, etc.);
- Android apps have appeared on many Chromebooks already in stable versions, and many other devices added the ability to activate them in the test assemblies.