Visual Studio Code is a free, open-source code editor available on Linux and Mac, and also Chromebooks that support Linux apps. And now, it has been made official that support for ARM-based devices is happening.
Official ARM support for Linux now brings the application to ARM-based Chromebooks, Linux machines like the PineBook Pro, and the Raspberry Pi.
ARM (previously an acronym for Advanced RISC Machine and originally Acorn RISC Machine) is a family of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architectures for computer processors, configured for various environments.
Visual Studio Code is one of the most popular pieces of programming software in the world and this is partly because it is available on any platform a developer might want to use it on.
The major missing part was ARM support for Linux devices and this is exactly what Microsoft is rectifying in this new update. This has two potentially huge applications. The first is the Raspberry Pi.
While, hardly the first choice in hardware for intensive software development, the Pi runs an ARM CPU and Linux and now it can run Visual Studio Code.
The Raspberry Pi 4 is also a pretty potent little machine in its own right, with up to 8GB of RAM now on offer, but Visual Studio Code also makes it extremely easy to leverage remote machines for more intensive workloads.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code Update to Support Raspberry Pi and ARM Chromebooks
With the all-new Raspberry Pi 4, you can now build your very own credit-sized computer at a very affordable price. This computer can power two 4K screens at the same time, allow video and photo editing while having the processing power to perform machine-learning. In addition, it has 2 USB 3.0 ports.
The other big application is ARM Chromebooks such as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It’s been possible to install Visual Studio Code on Chromebooks with Linux support for some time, but ARM-powered devices have been lacking.
Now downloading the ARM installer from the Visual Studio Code downloads page will get you up and running. The application needs only a simple extension installed to leverage a more powerful, remote machine you may have access to.
The new update is a huge step and we hope Microsoft continues to adapt and make available more and more of its applications and software to the Linux side and ARM-based devices in the future.
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