Simulators on Chromebook and Linux


People have asked me about using the Android version of Mobel on Chromebook. Some brands of Chromebook and versions of Chrome OS claim to be able to run Android apps, and allow users to install apps from the Google Play store.

I have never fully tested Mobel on a Chromebook. I have run it briefly on a Lenovo Chromebook running Chrome OS 89, and it appeared to work well, particularly in full screen (but don't change screen orientation while ringing!). Also, some people have told me that it does work on their Chromebook. One user agreed that it is best run in full screen - otherwise the circle of ropes/bells is tiny, and their version of ChromeOS did not allow them to resize the window; they also said not to have the Orientation Lock turned on. One other user has reported an intermittent problem when starting the bells to ring; I don't know what version of Chrome OS this was.

One user also reported running Abel on Chromebook. They said:

"I decided to purchase CrossOver from Code Weavers. This uses ChromeOS's ability to run Linux to install virtual containers, called bottles, in which you can install Windows programs and then run as seemingly native within Chromebook.

"The only issue I had was with a lack of sound for Abel. Contacting CodeWeaver support they installed and tested but were unable to reproduce the issue however I was also using Ding Unity ( which did have sound and I found that if I installed Abel first in a Bottle then it failed to install the sound driver correctly but if I installed Ding Unity, checked it had the sound driver and then installed Abel it resolved the issue - more surprisingly it seemed to fix the issue in the previously installed Abel in the other Bottles!"

I emphasise that I have never tested Mobel or Abel on a Chromebook, do not guarantee they will work, do not know which versions of Chrome OS or hardware they work best on, and cannot provide any support in case of problems.


For many years some people have run Abel on Linux systems, using the Wine emulator for Windows. I have not tested it, and do not guarantee it! People report that it generally works, though some reports say that the rhythm is "realistic", rather than the perfect rhythm that Abel usually provides.