A new feature called “Campfire” could soon be available on Chromebooks to allow users dual booting with Windows 10 on a separate partition, according to a report. Dual booting capabilities also mean users will be able to run Linux distributions like openSUSE on their Chromebooks.
XDA Developers confirmed in June this year that the “Alt OS mode” it had found on the Chromium GitHub referred to Windows 10, and that it was more than “just for internal testing purposes”. Fast forward to the present. XDA now has some more details about Google’s secretive project. It says that “Campfire” may be the Chromebook equivalent of Apple’s Boot Camp – software that lets users with an Intel-based Mac run Windows OS on their machines.
The report mentions multiple “campfire variants”, which suggest that the Google Pixelbook won’t be the only Chromebook to get Campfire support. It is likely to come to other Chromebooks, without any special modes or permissions. But it is difficult to predict at this stage whether that indicates all Chromebooks, newer devices or only Google-branded models.
Furthermore, Chromebook users won’t be required to enable Developer Mode as dual-booting would be supported directly by Google.
Although Campfire and Alt OS mode aren’t ready yet, it is likely to get at least a demo at the upcoming Google’s hardware event. “Google’s hardware event is just around the corner, with rumours of a Google Pixelbook v2 featuring alongside the heavily leaked Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL,” the report added.
And if you happen to be a proud owner of an ancient Chromebook and want Google to accelerate work on this project, you may not like the fact that Campfire and Windows will together take up at least 40GB so older Chromebooks are “automatically out of the game”.
Note: Swapnil Bhartiya contributed to this story.