an­droid for the desk­top

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While the idea of run­ning an op­er­at­ing sys­tem de­signed for mo­bile plat­forms on top of reg­u­lar-sized com­put­ers sounds cum­ber­some, An­droid’s low re­source re­quire­ments makes it ideal for older hard­ware. An­droid-x86 started off as a se­ries of patches to the vanilla open source An­droid code to get it work­ing on net­books such as the ASUS Eee PC, but has grown into a fully fledged dis­tro that sup­ports both 32-bit and 64-bit machines.

The project cur­rently has two sta­ble re­leases, one based on An­droid Nougat and the other on LineageOS (ear­lier known as Cyanogen­mod). The re­leases are avail­able as Live in­stal­lable ISOs which helps you to check whether the distri­bu­tion sup­ports the pe­riph­er­als on your old com­puter. In our tests, the distri­bu­tion picked up all the hard­ware in­clud­ing the touch­screen on an old Acer 5738PZG. At the end of the day, An­droid-x86 doesn’t of­fer the same flex­i­bil­ity as a full-fledged desk­top distri­bu­tion, but is an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion to make an old de­funct ma­chine us­able again.

above Use RPM files to in­stall An­droid-x86 in­side a folder in the root directory, along with rel­e­vant boot op­tions in GRUB

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