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    Phoronix: Android-x86 4.4 RC2 Released

    The 4.4 "KitKat" release of Android for x86 platforms is nearly ready for the public!..

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY5NTk

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    It boots never on one of my machines.

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    • #3
      Tested with virtualbox... runs crappy on my hardware.
      Much more usable when booted natively.
      I still haven't found a good way to use WhatsApp on my linux

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      • #4
        I don't see the point to use a mobile oriented OS under a desktop machine.

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        • #5
          Random lockups with my apu a8 5600k, I can-t block the automatic rotation, is a shame Dx

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DebianLinuxero View Post
            I don't see the point to use a mobile oriented OS under a desktop machine.
            How about because of the following two mutually exclusive reasons;
            1) Its no longer specifically mobile-oriented. What it is, is TOUCH oriented, and TOUCH is not a feature exclusive to mobile hardware.
            ... not that Android doesn't work excellently with a mouse and keyboard.
            2) There is lots of mobile x86 hardware, such as almost 100% of every laptop ever made.

            Android is also an excellent platform for HTPC's (which are anything BUT mobile), including custom x86 HTPC's. Throw a wii-mote and an RF keyboard on a TV-box and you get a pretty good experience.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pandev92 View Post
              Random lockups with my apu a8 5600k, I can-t block the automatic rotation, is a shame Dx
              The single person who does android x86 is apparently too cheap to buy a used AMD box.

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              • #8
                "has the backing of Intel"

                No it doesn't.
                Intel's android stuff is *ENTIRELY* separate, and in fact, totally INCOMPATIBLE with generic x86 hardware.

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                • #9
                  I don't see the point to use a mobile oriented OS under a desktop machine.
                  I see the point to running Android apps alongside regular Linux apps.
                  (even if the apps are in a VM)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                    "has the backing of Intel"

                    No it doesn't.
                    Intel's android stuff is *ENTIRELY* separate, and in fact, totally INCOMPATIBLE with generic x86 hardware.

                    Correct that android-x86 does not have the backing of Intel. Incorrect that Intel's android is incompatible with generic x86 hardware. Please refer to https://01.org/android-ia/. Our latest release has Kitkat support on standard Haswell and Baytrail hardware.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DebianLinuxero View Post
                      I don't see the point to use a mobile oriented OS under a desktop machine.
                      Android also comes with a modern high DPI capable desktop for HTPC use. It's really power efficient and powerful (due to the mobile history -- mobile devices use less power and need high level of optimization). It also supports touch and bluetooth and multichannel home theatre audio. Desktop Linux doesn't have good UI for setting up Bluetooth.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DebianLinuxero View Post
                        I don't see the point to use a mobile oriented OS under a desktop machine.
                        x86 hasn't been a desktop architecture for a long time now. Don't forget that atom CPUs can be found now in Dell and Asus tablets. And guess what OS is the Dell Venue 7 running on? Have a look: http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-7/pd?~ck=mn

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hibiki Kanzaki View Post
                          I see the point to running Android apps alongside regular Linux apps.
                          (even if the apps are in a VM)
                          Can you run Android apps on Linux seamlessly through a VM, i.e. without having the Android UI itself, just the app on your own distro's background?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                            Can you run Android apps on Linux seamlessly through a VM, i.e. without having the Android UI itself, just the app on your own distro's background?
                            It's like asking "can I run GTK based applications without the GTK interface." You probably can run the application without the Android UI in CLI depending on what type of application it is.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BSDude View Post
                              x86 hasn't been a desktop architecture for a long time now. Don't forget that atom CPUs can be found now in Dell and Asus tablets. And guess what OS is the Dell Venue 7 running on? Have a look: http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-7/pd?~ck=mn

                              what are you talking about? Every intel and amd processor is an x86. How is that not a desktop architecture? do you mean you have a powerpc/arm desktop? Because i ain't selling them in my shop, all i sell in my computer shop are x86 laptops/desktops .

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