Chrome Remote Desktop Plug-in Now Supports Linux Users

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 11, 2014

Being able to access a computer remotely, or let someone else remotely access your computer, can be an enormous convenience. It can help you retrieve a much needed presentation that you left behind while on a trip, and it can help you allow a distant user to make changes to or access your files.

For Linux users, though, remote access tools haven't been as plentiful and convenient as the tools available for other platforms. That's why it's good to hear that Google has announced that its Chrome plugin, which allows users to remotely access computers via the Chrome browser or a Chromebook device, now includes access for Linux users.

The Chrome plug-in has already been in wide use among Windows and Mac users, but Linux users have been asking to be recognized. 

According to Google:

"Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to remotely access one computer from another over the Internet. For example, you can use the app to securely access your files or applications from another computer. Or you can give a friend temporary access to your desktop so they can help you solve a computer problem."

The company adds:

"We are excited to announce official Linux support in Chrome Remote Desktop with step-by-step directions provided in our Help Center article linked here. You can find instructions under Set up Chrome Remote Desktop > Enable remote access > Linux (Beta)."

You can also find instructrions for set up online for the tool now, but do note that you have to be running Ubuntu or a Debian (or Debian family) Linux platform for it to operate.