It sounded dreamy. Late final 12 months, indicators of an “AltOS” mode appeared in Google code, indicating that the corporate was engaged on a option to allow you to dual-boot into Home windows 10 on high-end Chromebooks just like the Pixelbook. It was apparently too good to be true, alas, as new developments counsel that Google deserted the secretive “Challenge Campfire” months in the past.
Poking round Chromium code, Redditor u/crosfrog seen feedback stating AltOS mode is now deprecated, as first reported by Kevin Tofel at About Chromebooks. Tofel says that energetic growth on Challenge Campfire halted final December after an preliminary flurry of exercise. The dream of dual-booting Home windows on Chromebooks seems to be useless.
Coaxing Home windows into operating on something however essentially the most premium Chromebooks appeared far-fetched in any case. Microsoft’s working system calls for considerably extra cupboard space than Chrome OS, and whereas Google’s luxurious Pixelbook ships with 256GB-plus SSDs, the overwhelming majority of Chromebooks accessible ship with way more restricted capacities—as little as 16GB in ultra-budget fashions, and barely greater than 64GB in additional mainstream choices.
Microsoft lately boosted Home windows 10’s minimal storage necessities to 32GB, as detailed by ExtremeTech. The working system couldn’t comfortably sit beside Chrome OS in most dual-boot environments, particularly when you hoped to put in further packages (which might be the principle motive to put in Home windows 10 on a Chromebook).
It’s exhausting to name Challenge Campfire useless, as Google by no means formally introduced the initiative. However the dream of operating a extra full-featured working system on Chromebooks is something however doomed, even when Home windows by no means graces a Google-y laptop computer. Many Chromebooks play good with each Android apps and Linux, and at this 12 months’s Google I/O developer occasion, the corporate pledged that each one future Chromebooks will assist Linux software program. It’s only one means that 2019 is shaping as much as be the 12 months of the Linux desktop.