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However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

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From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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HowTo: Run a more *UPDATED* Android On Your PC

Posted 12-30-2010 at 04:05 AM by Kenny_Strawn
Updated 12-30-2010 at 12:33 PM by Kenny_Strawn

There was an article in the Syndicated News forum that told how to run Android on your PC but referred to Live Android, which is DEPRECATED.

To get a more updated version of Android on your computer, you have to build it from source as there is currently no build for any PCs (aside from specific vendors) on the official site (which has moved to that's greater than 1.6. However, thanks to the instructions on, that shouldn't be all that hard, provided you have all the prerequisites installed. It has been patched for Java 6, so the issue of requiring Java 5 (which is wayyy outdated) to be installed on your system no longer is an issue.

First, you need to install the build prerequisites, so here's the command you need to type first (assuming you have an Ubuntu 9.10 or higher system):

$ sudo apt-get install git git-core gnupg openjdk-6* flex bison gperf libsdl-dev libesd0-dev libwxgtk6-dev build-essential zip curl libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev
Next, you need to check out the source code, which may take a long time:

$ mkdir ~/bin
$ export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH
$ curl > ~/bin/repo
$ chmod a+x ~/bin/repo
$ repo init -u git:// -b froyo-x86
$ repo sync
After all the source code is downloaded, there are two options to build: an ISO image or a USB image. The USB image will allow you to dd it to a USB flash drive and run it directly. The ISO image is meant for a CD or DVD, but can also be installed to a USB drive via Unetbootin.

To build an ISO image:

$ make iso_img TARGET_PRODUCT=generic_x86
To build a USB image:

$ make usb_img TARGET_PRODUCT=generic_x86
If you get any errors, you might not have all your dependencies installed. Go back to the build prerequisites to see if you have anything missing. If you get the image successfully built, the image should be located here:

Or, for the USB image:


In Ubuntu, you can use Brasero to burn the ISO image by just right-clicking it. To write the USB image to a flash drive:

$ sudo fdisk -l #lowercase L, not number 1
$ sudo dd if=./out/target/product/generic_x86/generic_x86_usb.img of=/dev/sdX #where /dev/sdX is the entire device file for the USB flash drive given by the above command
Now, just boot from the CD or USB drive and you'll find a working and up-to-date Android system that you can install all your favorite Android apps on. Good luck!

To boot from the CD or USB drive, don't rely on the "Press any key" prompt. You have to go into the BIOS (usually by pressing the Delete or F2 key, but it could be different (for example F1 on HP computers)) and then Boot -> First Boot Device, changing it to the USB drive. Then press F10 and exit the BIOS. You now will boot into the drive.
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    If you are able to successfully build, notify and contribute it so others can use it.
    Posted 12-31-2010 at 04:11 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline


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