Google Halts Chromebook Update, Causing More Problems

The update was slowing Chrome OS down, but now users can't install Linux

The most recent update for Google's Chromebooks was causing Chrome OS to slow down, but after the update was halted users noticed that they no longer can install Linux on their machines.

Chrome OS 91's most recent update, version 91.0.4472.147, began slowing performance on Chromebook laptops, leading to Google pulling the update for the time being. Unfortunately, rolling back to a previous version (91.0.4472.114) has created a new problem. As reported by Chrome Unboxed, this change has broken the Linux container and will prevent attempts at installing Linux.

Google Chromebooks

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It seems the issue is tied to the version update process, itself. Since the 91.0.4472.147 update no longer appears as the latest version, users who are running or have reverted to 91.0.4472.114 will be told they have the latest version installed. This won't cause problems by itself, however if you try to install Linux you'll be told you need to update Chrome OS—and then you'll be told you're already running the latest version.

Google Chromebook in black

Google

Chrome Unboxed goes on to report that Google has made fixing the 91.0.4472.147 a priority 1 bug, so a fix is definitely planned, but so far there's no estimate for how long it will take. It's also unclear if Google is aware of or plans on addressing the broken Linux container issue, or if the plan is to let it sort itself out when version 91.0.4472.147 is available again.

If you need to use Linux apps, Chrome Unboxed recommends using a Chromebook machine that either already has Linux enabled, or already has been updated to version 91.0.4472.147. If neither of those options is available, you'll probably have to wait for Google to sort the problem out.

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