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I'm curious about picking up a Chromebook, but I really want to be able to develop PICO-8 stuff on it ... so I did some testing with CloudReady, which is basically a vanilla version of Chromium OS, with developer mode enabled by default.

Knowing that, I figured if it ran PICO-8, getting a Chromebook may be worth it.

Firstly, the good news:

It works!

I downloaded the 64-bit version, made my home folder executable:

sudo mount -i -o remount,exec /home/user/CRAZY_LONG_HASH_REPRESENTING_USER/

Then ran the standard executable pico8, not pico8_dyn.

The only issue is that the keyboard stops working for Chromium OS itself while PICO-8 is running and also after you close it with Ctrl + Q. Logging out and logging back in fixes that. Seems like we could be closer than we thought to having a Chromebook native verison!

P#31328 2016-10-20 15:17 ( Edited 2017-02-16 08:42)

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KICK ASS.

P#31343 2016-10-20 17:47

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I'm about to try this with my Toshiba Chromebook 2. Wish me luck!

P#34067 2016-12-23 22:43

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Works perfectly! I used crouton and the 64-bit build of Aseprite (Toshiba Chromebook 2 is x86_64).

With the great display and the loud speakers, this is a perfect laptop for portable Pico-8.

P#34069 2016-12-23 22:54

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Wow! A native chrome OS version would be a dream come true and open it up to a lot of kids without full laptops. Mostly though, I need one because Im running a chromebook 😂

P#34230 2016-12-26 16:56

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It works well on my acer r11 with crouton in X11 using the xenial target.

If anyone is planning on getting a Chromebook for pico8 (or any Linux software) get one with an intel CPU for better compatibility .

P#34275 2016-12-27 00:26 ( Edited 2016-12-27 00:38)

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Some good options for running Linux apps on Chromebooks include:

Running Linux alongside chromeos:
https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton

Dual boot Linux:
https://github.com/reynhout/chrx

Replace chromeos with Linux:
https://galliumos.org

P#34276 2016-12-27 00:36

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I was considering getting a chromebook just because it's cheap, then just installing ubuntu to run P8, but looks like I won;t need to do that second step now!

P#34282 2016-12-27 03:36

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Hi!
Have you tried the binary on a normal chromos?
Also, which binary version are you running?
Pico on chromebooks would increase so much its user base!

P#37515 2017-02-16 08:42

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