Google intends to make significant changes to its ChromeOS operating system by separating the Chrome browser from it. This separation, which is part of a project called Lacros, is expected to simplify upgrades and improve the overall functionality of the system. These changes have been in the works for over two years, writes ArsTechnica.

Project Lacros, an acronym for Linux And ChRome OS, will separate the operating system from the Chrome browser, allowing Google to update each component independently. Separation involves separating the system interface and the web browser into separate files called ash-chrome (system interface) and lacros-chrome (web browser).

In addition, ChromeOS will move from its own Freon graphics stack to Wayland, which matches the standard Linux desktop graphics stack. ChromeOS will also switch from the unique Chrome browser to the Chrome for Linux browser used in, for example, Ubuntu.

The consequences of this separation are far-reaching. This will make it easier to upgrade to Chrome OS, potentially extending the life of older devices running Google’s operating system. The company will be able to implement changes in ChromeOS faster, minimizing delays associated with additional work on the assembly. Although users are unlikely to notice any immediate changes, this separation should improve the functionality of the system.