I’ve blogged already about Android-x86.org project and also wrote about ice cream sandwich installed on a SD on my netbook. It was still a developers build, but now the next release has been available. <
here. All builds are based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich developer branch and are suited for tablet pcs (slates) and netbooks. Here are the key features integrated (see):
- Kernel 3.0.8 with KMS enabled. Most tablets/netbooks can run Android-x86 in the native resolution.
- OpenGL hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets. However, if you have trouble with it, you can disable it by adding HWACCEL=0 to the cmdline.
- Support Wifi, multitouch and audio.
- Experimental support of Renderscript.
- Hybrid mode of iso images.
- A new text based GUI installer which supports ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems.
- External usb drive and sdcard are auto mounted on plugging.
- Compressed filesystem (squashfs).
A short test in a virtual machine, using VMware Workstation, failed, because the setup wizard was always stopped. Then I created a live system on a USB stick using unetbootin. This ICS 4.0.3 live system was booteable, and I was able to to run WiFi, android market and some other apps. Here is the setting page, showing android details
Afterward, I used the instruction given here, to install Android 4.0.3 (ICS) on a SD card. After setting up the system, I was greeted with the intro desktop shown below. The screen provides some informationshow to customize the desktop.
Playing a bit around with the new build showed, that more apps are useable – beside WiFi and android market the file manager was also working. The web cam didn’t made it on my MSI Wind U100. I haven’t a tablet pc, so I could not test touch screen. A short test I made with a live system booted on a Dell Inspiron 2330 wasn’t supporting touch handling. So my conclusion is: The Android x86 developers made a nice job, but’s still a way to go, untill we see RC1.