Crostini GPU



  • Forrest Smith

    Since this added functionality is so new, and only for two specific Chromebook boards, we're not yet sure how possible this is, nor if it will work on some or any CloudReady devices.

    We'll be taking a look and will release any news about this in our blog posts about new releases.

  • Maksim Lin

    Great, thanks Forrest! Yes it's very fresh of the presses so understand you wouldn't have had chance yet to look at it. I'll keep an eye out for future announcements and release notes.

  • Rolf Paloheimo

    I tried starting termina via crosh, " vmc start --enable-gpu termina"

    It works on my pixelbook, but on cloudready returns,

    Error: routine at frontends/ `vm_start(vm_name,user_id_hash,matches.opt_present("enable-gpu"))` failed: gpu support is disabled on the stable channel.

    On 74.1.23, dev channel, love cloudready

  • Forrest Smith

    Sadly there are additional changes to the OS needed to run the Crostini vm with graphics accel. We're interested in looking into that to see if it works, but have not had time yet, so you'll need top stick to flatpaks for graphics accelerated Linux for now.

  • Rolf Paloheimo

    Thanks Forrest,

    I was shocked how great crostini turned out, it runs great in my opinion. I am not complaining, as far as I know even Google has only two chromebooks that can do gpu acceleration and it is still unofficial.

    I am still surprised how well my aging asus tablet compares to my pixelbook.

    Cheers and great work,

  • Forrest Smith


    I am a big fan of the T300 tablet, but the battery on mine went wrong somehow and won't charge past 1%.

    Glad yours is still in action

  • Capuccino

    As of today, v76 has confirmed GPU acceleration available. The question is when are we getting v76 on CloudReady since we have a major significant version gap from Chromium/Chrome OS

  • Maksim Lin

    From memory I think Neverware were very quick to get a build of 75 out on the Cloudready dev channel, but of course on the dev channel you need to expect possible issues.

    On the topic of GPU acceleration its been available for several releases so I'm not sure what you mean by "v76 has confirmed GPU acceleration available" but as Forrest mentioned in previous replies, Cloudready needs to have additional work done on it - I'm guessing in their board overlay to enable it in their builds, on top of what needed to be done in the core ChromiumOS code.

  • Forrest Smith

    We're not planning to offer GPU acceleration in v76 - sorry. Hopefully possible int the future.

  • Capuccino

    I understand Neverware's position in GPU but I believe we should have this soon if not now, since this is also quite requested. 


    The crux on why GPU acceleration is hard to do is because the amount of devices to compensate as well, which is understandable in Neverware's situation. However, v76 confirms its going to be supplied as a chrome flag.

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