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Intel ChromeBooks Can Now Run Wine and Steam ( 45

"With Google Play and Android app support hitting Chromebooks, it's now possible to run Windows applications/games on Chromebooks via CrossOver For Android," reports Phoronix. Slashdot reader grungy writes: The first Intel ChromeBooks have access to the Play Store now, and the Android version of Wine apparently runs on them... Pictures show the Steam client running, and a clip of a D3D game. Of course, the Play Store is only available on the ChromeOS developer channel so far, but that should change later this year.
CrossOver for Android also hasn't been officially released, but Thursday CodeWeavers' president blogged excitedly that "we are staring at a Leprechaun riding on the back of a Unicorn while taking a picture of a UFO. We are running CrossOver through Android on a ChromeBook running a Windows based game launched from the Steam client. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE...EVER!!!"
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Intel ChromeBooks Can Now Run Wine and Steam

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It can barely run any games or applications, except those used in screenshots..

    • by Anonymous Coward

      WINE lets you run foobar2000 on Linux and OS X without a problem.

    • I used to run GTA IV over it. It's surprising how compatible it is, most games, when I tested them, worked. Occasionally they needed a hack or two, but the hack was generally well documented.

    • That's not totally fair. It's not great for newer applications, but it does a good job of the older stuff. Heck, even modern Windows has trouble with some of the ancient Office versions, whereas Wine works pretty well. I agree that it is unreasonable to expect Wine to run current games and software. But if you have an old XP laptop and you are considering buying a Chromebook to replace it, this could help tremendously with your upgrade as you would still be able to access all of your old documents.

    • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

      I don't see how games are the issue on Android devices. There are plenty of games available - and as Android becomes more and more dominant, there will only be more. Hell, even MS Office is available native on Android devices.

      But where WINE shines is in allowing you to run that odd Windows app that isn't available on MacOS or Linux. I use the 'wineskins' WINE wrapper to provide a version of a WIN32 app I wrote at work for mac users. This app is no longer in heavy development, and my company would never

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 16, 2016 @04:46PM (#52525539)

    Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should!

  • It's a gaming system only Rube Goldberg could love.
  • I knew someone that made a game of seeing how many mods they could load on Dragon Age before the game died.

  • by jeek ( 37349 ) <jeek@je[ ]net ['ek.' in gap]> on Saturday July 16, 2016 @05:32PM (#52525705) Homepage

    I had Steam (both wine version and Linux version) working on my Asus C710 Chromebook a couple of years ago. The system itself lacked enough power to do any big gaming, but FTL worked well enough.

    Last year I played quite a bit of Skyrim, streaming it from a Windows desktop elsewhere in the house.

    Crouton is good stuff. []

  • Yawn. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Mal-2 ( 675116 ) on Saturday July 16, 2016 @06:53PM (#52526017) Homepage Journal

    The first thing I did when I got a Chromebook (that I had never asked for) was to install Linux (specifically, GalliumOS []). Not surprisingly, Wine runs just fine on top of that, along with the older Windows games that I still play. Minecraft also ran surprisingly well on it, between 20 and 35 fps fullscreen (1366x768), though of course Wine is not required for this. I even used it as my Minecraft server for a while (and might again) because it is silent. I did not attempt to run the server and the client simultaneously. That would be asking a bit much.

    Unfortunately, Bay Trail has some serious shortcomings that have made me realize this machine will never be what I actually need out of a daily driver laptop, and the eMMC (and lack of M.2 or SATA) doesn't help. That's why I've posted it for sale, the intent being to buy a C720P with 4GB of RAM and an M.2 slot instead. I already know that can easily be converted into a triple-booting Ubuntu/OS X/Windows machine that performs reasonably well, because I know the guy in charge of the C720P Hackintosh project. :)

    If running Wine on a Chromebook is Invisible Pink Unicorn territory, I've got a whole herd of them grazing on carpet in my living room. (What, you didn't know Invisible Pink Unicorns are all rug munchers?)

  • Why worry about gaming on a Chromebook? The hardware, especially the GPU, is too weak to care. Unless you want to play a clicker game or something...

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      It should be fast enough for indie platformer games with 8-bit style sprite graphics, not to mention all the Japanese visual novels that are being translated and brought to Steam via Sekai Project.

    • It's more than enough for Tetris, Zork, tuxracer, Soitaire,, many modest chess programs, and many other graphically lightweight games. It's even enough CPU for the original Doom and Quake games, which are still good fun. And it's more than enough power and graphics for a "point-of-sale" system on lightweight, obsolete, and therefore inexpensive low end hardware. The machines even have decent enough screen size and battery life for a field console for use in a data center visit, or for handing one off to so

  • Since those expect traditional Windows PC's, don't expect to run much.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.