Yesterday I decided to give android-x86 a
try. The natural way to go seemed to set up a virtual machine for my
tests. I downloaded the
The Virtual Box machine was configured as follows:
The official documentations was really useful for setting the correct parameters.
The installation is pretty straightforward; let the machine boot from the ISO and follow the on screen instructions.
The installation took roughly 300MB, so I was able to create a fake SD card too (I've been prompted for that at the end of the installation process).
Since the machine was virtual, I had no wifi adapter available; thus,
the network was down. To configure networking, just switch to the
debug console (press
ALT+F1) and issue the following commands:
#> dhcpd eth0 #> setprop net.dns1 192.168.1.1
(replace the IP address with the one of your DNS).
The first impression was good. The interface is clean and quite intuitive, and works well using only standard keyboard and mouse.
I haven't played a lot with the applications, and haven't tried to install any extra gadget, so I am still wondering if Android can be really useful on anything but a smartphone or a tablet. Anyway, having it virtualized can helps a lot in developing mobile optimized web sites.