Run Android OS on Your PC With VirtualBox/Live CD

Quite sometime back, we had written a tutorial which showed you how to run Android OS on your Windows based PC. Now Softpedia has reported about an Live CD distro for EEE PCs and other x86 (32-bit) platform. The Android-x86 project, is a project to port the Open source Android OS to work on a x86 platform.

The Android-x86 distro is based on Android 1.6 aka Donut and uses the Linux kernel version 2.6.29. The distro also supports Wi-Fi connections and provides users with a GUI for Ethernet configuration.

Here are some screenshots of the Android-x86 distro running on Sun VirtualBox.

Android OS Bootscreen

Android OS Home Screen

Android-x86 Features

  • Kernel 2.6.29, KMS enable
  • Wifi support with GUI
  • Ethernet configuration GUI
  • Better disk installer
  • Power Suspend/resume (S3 mode)
  • Battery Status
  • Software mouse cursor
  • Mouse wheel
  • Support netbook native resolution
  • Audio (ALSA)
  • V4l2 Camera support
  • External monitor support
  • External storage auto mount support
  • Support external keyboard
  • Proxy settings
  • Debug mode with busybox
  • Bluetooth

To install and run the Android-x86 OS on your PC, download the ISO file (198MB) and follow the instructions in this post, to run it with Sun VirtualBox. You can also burn the installation to disc and then use it to install the Android OS on your PC.

Get Free openSUSE 11.2 DVDs [How To]


If you’re looking for Linux distro DVDs for events or groups, developers at openSUSE at providing it for free.

As quoted on the official site:

If you’re looking for openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for events or groups, we have plenty in stock. We’re happy to send openSUSE 11.2 DVDs to openSUSE Ambassadors and folks running FLOSS/Linux events.

Update: The following information is no longer in use, you might directly want to visit to find out on how you can get Free operSUSE DVDs.

The best way to get your hands on some openSUSE DVDs right away is to send me an email directly (email removed) and be sure to include the following information, bold is required:

  • Your name
  • Name of the person receiving the discs (if different)
  • Full address including postal code, country, etc.
  • Telephone number of the contact person receiving the discs.
  • Reason for the request.
  • The number of discs requested.
  • The deadline for the request, if any.
  • Any special instructions or helpful info for customs.
  • To get your own set of openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for free, follow the instructions, as quoted above. Also, send your request email with a clear subject line like Request 100 openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for FOSDEMor similar, to avoid any confusions and to avoid getting into SPAM box in email. The developers have requested that if possible, you should make requests at least two weeks in advance.

    About the DVDs:

    The openSUSE 11.2 Promo DVDs that you will get for free, are dual-sided discs with both the 32-bit and 64-bit promo DVD images on them.

    Portable Ubuntu Remix Runs Ubuntu As a Native Windows App

    Want to try out Ubuntu, but don’t want to do a clean install? We had covered you on this with a Ubuntu installer for Windows called Wubi. However, you can also install Ubuntu as a native Windows application by using Portable Ubuntu Remix.


    Portable Ubuntu Remix is build on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and is built with Colinux Kernel, Xming X server and Pulseaudio server for Windows. If you are a Windows user who has been reading about Ubuntu, but haven’t had the time or expertise to install it, this is a good way to try out the system without breaking you head. Portable Ubuntu Remix only supports 32bit Windows PC.

    Download Portable Ubuntu Remix [via WebUpd8]

    Jolicloud Releases Pre-beta Netbook OS With Windows Installer

    Jolicloud, one of the perfect operating system for Netbooks has announced a pre-beta version of their OS to the public. The latest version of Jolicloud is compatible with 98% of the netbooks available on the market, thanks to the new support for GMA500 Chipset.


    The latest release of Jolicloud includes a native Windows installer called Jolicloud Express, which will allow users to install Jolicloud on Windows based netbooks. In addition to that, it also includes a new UI and an update on the Kernel. Jolicloud uses the most advanced Linux Kernel version 2.6.32.


    If you love cloud based OS, you will love Jolicloud. And as far as we can tell you it is much more advanced than , the operating system that Google will release next year.

    If you have a netbook, Jolicloud is the one you should definitely install and try out.

    Ubuntu Dumps GIMP, Will Include F-Spot in Lucid Lynx

    In a surprise move Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, has decided to dump the opensource image editor and Photoshop Alternative GIMP from the core install of the OS. Ubuntu gave a reason which roughly meant that, since Windows does not have a advanced image editor, Ubuntu does not have to sport one too.

    gimp_logo fspot_logo

    The new changes will affect the next release of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Ubuntu would however include a basic image manipulation tool called F-Spot.

    This decision is likely to create a controversy among several Ubuntu users. What do you think of this decision to skip GIMP in Lucid Lynx? Though Lucid Lynx is scheduled for next year, you can  download Lucid Lynx ISO to try it out right away.

    [via Ars Technica]

    Download Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx ISO


    Ubuntu 9.10 was released less than a month ago, however work had already begun on the next version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Lucid Lynx is scheduled for release sometime next year, however, you can download the development versions of Lucid Lynx and try it out in your test environment.

    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx downloads are available for both 32bit and 64bit PCs. However, you might not able to fit the 64bit edition on a single CD due to an unidentified bug. However, you can still run Ubuntu Lucid Lynx using a DVD, USB Drive or Virtual machine.

    Download Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx ISO [via Webupd8]

    Ubuntu Based Linux Distributions Worth Trying Out

    Ubuntu is no doubt the most popular Linux distribution out there. Although, sometimes you would like to go for something different from the mainstream, you are so much into Ubuntu and are so reluctant to try out another distro. In such a situation, you can try out some other Ubuntu based distributions. That way, you are in for some added support, some modified features and you are still using a lot of Ubuntu.

    These are the three Ubuntu distributions I would recommend in such a a situation:

    Linux Mint:


    Linux Mint is an Ubuntu based distribution with a release cycle in sync with that of Ubuntu. Mint has many browser plugins, media codecs and support for java built in. That gives Mint all the distractions(thats’ what Ubuntu calls it) Ubuntu lacks. Not only this, the Mint desktop is one of a kind and has a very smooth UI. Mint Linux is fully compatible with Ubuntu repositories. With all these features built into an extremely user friendly OS, Mint is my favorite distro second to Ubuntu.



    gOS is a Linux distribution with a tight integration with many Google services. The Google services are available as desktop widgets. It uses Enlightenment and Gnome as the default desktop.

    Ultimate Edition:


    Ubuntu Ultimate edition is a Linux distro with a huge list of Ubuntu applications integrated into it. It supports one click upgrades and has extensive support for many different networking applications like Wifi, Bluetooth etc. It also has many modified visual aspects and a special theme pack.

    For more information on Linux Mint visit here.

    For more information on gOS visit here.

    For more information on Ultimate Edition visit here.