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Most Chromebooks are really low-end hardware even by Android standards, because the price is the attraction. I don't think they'd be very good for MAME.

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Yeah I afraid of that. I do know that the Chromebook added the Linux beta now. Two of my chromebooks have the Android and Linux installed. Weird having all three in one.

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There are some higher-end ones, but I don't see that being a viable (or commonly available) option. Besides, you kinda already can-- archive.org and all. Just don't expect the experience to be as good as native.

I don't remember what happened to the "run linux stuff on chromebook" project, but that might be another way if that didn't get killed off.

But yeah, I'm with RB-- experience won't be great in general. Even a cheap end ultrabook would probably run circles around most Chromebooks.

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There used to be a NaCl build of MAME that worked on ChromeBooks, but Google abandoned that, like everything else. I don’t think chasing Google platforms is really worthwhile.

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That was like 2012 when that happen? smile


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Google, as Vas implied, has a very short attention span.

https://killedbygoogle.com/

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lol, you can't answer the question like that -- Google abandons everything, yada, yada, why bother -- on a retro-computing forum "documenting" hardware that allows decades aged software to run (theoretic) indefinitely. C'mon, man, not a fair fight comparing your mission against the global tech market seducing Millennials.

And if that targeted Killed By Google post isn't coming from an Apple bias trolling camp, haha, keep in mind that iOS and Android OS updates technically support devices for only four or more years; and that certain apps – and OS updates themselves – can prove too power-hungry for previous years' specs.

It's 2020, 8 more released the start of this year alone... just look at the long tail, sorted by release date, and notice you won't find an EOL until 2014 -- https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/developer-information-for-chrome-os-devices

Let's loop back to poster's original question: if the user's "need" is really there, you're better off running it from Chrome's Linux container -- yeah, something that isn't killed (yet) because running a local VS Code / Node.js developer stack is still "really worthwhile". wink
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But one way we keep documenting that hardware and running old software is by not wasting our time. And so far very few Google platforms haven't had a near-future expiration date. Google themselves are acknowledging that the F/OSS community doesn't trust them by having that Linux container.

I still maintain my original position that the CPU on the vast majority of Chromebooks is such that you're better off with almost anything else though.

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Hi arbee, I get your position. However, ETA Prime recently posted a video on how to install Chrome OS on to any laptop. I have a spare laptop with a 5th gen Core i7 that I was considering trying this with. So the question is relevant to me, since the processor should be up to the task. Do you know if I'd be forced to find a .deb and install through that, or is it even possible to build MAME from source on Chrome OS? I'm very curious, cuz I'd like to give it a shot, but I wouldn't bother if I'm unlikely to succeed in installing MAME on it.

tl;Dr: Assuming the CPU is good enough, do you know if it's possible? Thank you.


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