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Run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Your PC With Android-x86 6.0 (softpedia.com) 90

This week saw the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86) -- and a new version of Remix OS for PC, a PC-optimized version of Android. Slashdot reader prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: Android-x86 6.0 has been in the works since early this year, and it received a total of two RC (Release Candidate) builds during its entire development cycle, one in June and another in August. After joining the Remix OS team, Chih-Wei Huang now has all the reasons to update and improve its Android-x86 system for the latest Android releases. Therefore, as you might have guessed already, Android-x86 6.0 is the first stable version of the project to be based on Google's Linux kernel-based Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system, and includes the most recent AOSP (Android Open Source Project) security updates too.

Under the hood, Android-x86 6.0 is using the long-term supported Linux 4.4.20 kernel with an updated graphics stack based on Mesa 12.0.2 3D Graphics Library, and offers support for Samsung's F2FS file system for SSD drives, better Wi-Fi support after resume and suspend, and initial HDMI audio support.

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Run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Your PC With Android-x86 6.0

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  • Not open source (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 17, 2016 @01:44PM (#52908077)

    Jide will not give you the source code for Remix OS if you ask.

    These guys want to capitalize on open source, but aren't willing to empower you to do anything new based on their work. Screw 'em.

    • Quick, somebody get the GPL-bashers in here to remind us all about how this is so much better, how we all have so much more freedom ever since Google embarked on their "no GPL in userspace" crusade!

      I understand the corporate guys are justing doing what they're told, but I can never understand why the volunteer devs contribute thousands of hours of their life to a permissive-licensed projects. Do the BSD guys feel a great swelling of pride in their chests when they think back to how their tireless work lai
      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        Quick, somebody get the GPL-bashers in here to remind us all about how this is so much better, how we all have so much more freedom ever since Google embarked on their "no GPL in userspace" crusade!

        Well, given the way cellular manufacturers work, had Android been GPL'd, it would be like the other GPL'd cellphone OSes out there. You know the 3 or 4 of them that were around when iOS was out?

        Instead, you have the freedom to pick an iOS phone, or an Android phone. Is that better than just an iOS phone only?

        The

        • Pretending that the issue was the license and not the corporate backing is ridiculous. Parts of Android ARE GPL (namely, the kernel.) And early on, more of it was GPL... it's my understanding that other GPL components were slowly phased out.

          OpenMoko is a red herring. If Android didn't exist then I'm pretty damn sure something like Maemo/Meego (a GPL phone project sponsored by Nokia and Intel, although parts of it was LGPL or permissive to allow for some proprietary customization it wasn't all of userspac
          • I sometimes wonder if the GPL shouldn't have a "free renaming" clause, since most of the anti-GPL people I meet seem to hate it on purely guttural, emotional "IT'S A VIRUSSSSSS!" grounds. So let's change the license--you're allowed to rename it to whatever you want so that you can feel like a special snowflake. And maybe even you're allowed to insert as many reasonable new attribution clauses or other new clauses that don't affect reuse by other people. Sure. I don't care. That's not the point.

            The poin
    • by guruevi ( 827432 )

      A) they have to give you the source code to any GPL-based software they sell/distribute to you. That would include the Linux kernel at least, not sure about anything else within Android.
      B) in GPL you don't have to give the source code to entities that have not purchased your product or that you have not distributed to. The people you do give/sell it to are not obligated to release it to the public either.

      The Apache license (Android) does allow you to distribute binaries without source code, whether or not t

    • by drolli ( 522659 )

      And what is https://github.com/android-x86... [github.com]?

  • Can I run stuff from the play store?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 17, 2016 @02:00PM (#52908137)

    I have a tablet running CyanogenMod. That is supposed to be a good Android distro with root etc easily available. Perhaps Android is better than iOS, I couldn't say, but my experience is that compared to say Maemo5(despite the browser getting old and 256M of ram?! on the N900) Android is non-multitasking toilet of an OS, and the apps and utilities available outside of Fdroid are worse than a joke with everyone grabbing for in-app purchases.
    Why would I want that OS on a PC?

    • compared to say Maemo5

      Nokia was so far ahead of everyone else, it's not even funny.

    • I haven't used Maemo but yes, Android is not a general purpose OS. I've yet to find a reason that we don't have "proper" OS on smartphones apart that the fact that the manufacturers don't want us to.
  • I have tried RemixOS. For simple chores (read email, surf the net, watching videos) I prefer it over the desktop offerings that Red Hat and Ubuntu are pushing. For serious work, I prefer far simpler desktops, like XFCE and LXDE. Gnome, KDE and Unity are trying to be everything for everybody, and the only thing that they are achieving is to alienate almost everybody. It is, in this light, that I am happy that Linux on the desktop is going nowhere - if the atrocities that these guys are pushing were the only
  • Okay, maybe this is a dumb question, but what runs on Android-x86? I haven't heard much about this, but it sounds interesting.

    Does it (can it) run all the usual Android apps that you'd normally run on an Android phone?

    Is it a touch-optimized OS or a mouse & keyboard-centric OS, or a bit of both?

    I see from the comments that it's maybe meant for kiosk-type applications, but could this be a general purpose OS for home use? (Assuming there are applications that would make it useful in such a setting.)

    I know

    • I highly encourage you to try Remix OS on a VM and to judge for yourself. I feel 50/50 about it. I'm still a little baffled about why Android can run OK in very low end phones yet making it work fast on x86 is apparently an impossible thing to do (Intel releases their own images of Android built for x86 that make use of all kinds of tricks to be emulated faster on their CPUs).
    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
      Many cheap tablets including a lot of Asus kit are Atom CPU running android on an x86. Apps are java (or art or dalvik or whatever), they are not native apps but JIT compiled bytecode. So yes, apps will run on android on whatever platform, with few exceptions.
      • Many cheap tablets including a lot of Asus kit are Atom CPU running android on an x86. Apps are java (or art or dalvik or whatever), they are not native apps but JIT compiled bytecode. So yes, apps will run on android on whatever platform, with few exceptions.

        Interesting...so just to be clear, I could install Android-x86 and then download apps from an app store and run them as-is, more or less? No recompiling or code changes?

        I mean, obviously my PC doesn't have some of the hardware for specific apps (like a compass or flashlight), but stuff messaging and other apps would run and function?

        • by wbr1 ( 2538558 )
          Yes... Since you can root your instance of android you can even do things like spoof GPS and compass readings for app testing. This is also doable in the android development kit from google, but that is excruciatingly slow for day to day use.

          There are a few apps that use low level CPU specific code. One example that comes to mind is MX player ( a video player). It will runn (being java) on and android hardware using a software decoder for audio/video. You can get hardware decoders for it but they are p

    • It's a grease-busting kitchen cleanser... AND a tasty fat-free dessert topping that you and the whole family can enjoy!

    • Does it (can it) run all the usual Android apps that you'd normally run on an Android phone?

      Not all of them. Only the ones which have been built for x86. Which is goddamned pathetic, really. Why use Java if you're not going to support the same binaries on all platforms? This is really my only problem with Android. Using Java was stupid because it was needless. We'd have been better off with Objective C.

  • As long as it doesn't come with systemD

  • I have just now done so. I would like to know what hardware is supported before I go diving in...

  • I'd be more interested in upgrading my Verizon Ellipsis 10 - currently running Lollipop - to Marshmallow. Particularly if it means that I can put in a 256GB SD card, define it as the primary memory, and make the mere 16GB storage that it currently has the secondary memory
  • Still waiting on Android 6 for my Remix Mini. Why did I buy that again?

    Also, I run Hyper-v. Remix OS Player wants me to disable it. How about you release a VHD?
  • NOT! My desktop works just great, thanks. Instead of Android 6.0 for my desktop, how about Android 6.0 for my Galaxy S4 mini? Or does that just make too much sense...
  • Might contain less spyware than Windows 10 after all...
  • Can you run this without rebooting under VirtualBox?

  • Why can't we have the android runtime on Linux? Why does it always have to be bare-metal or VM only? I want the android runtime environment for Linux so I can run Android apps in a fashion similar to RemixOS side-by-side native Linux apps. You want Linux on desktop to happen? Bring it a metric fuckton of mainstream apps via the android app store!

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