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Old 02-17-2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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Can an Android netbook use an alternative OS?


Hi

Is it possible to replace android on a netbook with another distribution of linux? I have no particular model in mind because I don't have a netbook right now. The reason I want to buy an android netbook in the near future is because they are cheap and want to take it outside. And, I want linux not android...

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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I bookmarked this LQ thread a while back but haven't tried it yet.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...id-4175488906/
 
Old 02-18-2014, 03:13 PM   #3
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I've never heard of a netbook running Android, just tablets. It's possible to run Android on an x86 CPU, but it takes some work. The original netbooks ran one or another version of Linux, but later went entirely to WindowsXP. Almost all netbooks will run Linux, as long as you select a somewhat light desktop version like Xfce, LXDE, etc. Gnome3 et al are too big and bloated. I have a rather old Asus netbook, an eee-pc 900, as well as one of the original eee-pc 701's, running Debian with Xfce, and they do fine.
 
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Almost any computer could run a different OS.

Unless some developer or such has created a web page detailing how to install some other OS on some EXACT product that you wish to get then I'd say forget about it.

It is not a trival task to put a new OS on some devices. You lack documentation, access to hardware/firmware/software and boot process and driver support.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 09:27 PM   #5
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Go out and decide which netbooks you want. It's much easier to get an answer when we can talk about specifics.

For example, I have an Acer Aspire One D255 which was sold with W7 and Android pre-installed - they were replaced without any problem with Slackware, Ubuntu etc....

Please note that I, and others, call it a netbook whereas Acer describe it as a "notebook".

It has an Atom N550 processor - this is also important to know, because thats like a 686 processor whereas some of the netbooks you are referring to may have Arm processors - who knows?

So you see, you really must be more specific - though you could take the risk, if they're that cheap. Linux can be installed on Arm processors, but that isn't straight forward or routine - again depending on which machine it is - RaspberryPi is also an Arm processor as are most smartphones.

It'll be your call - but first decide which machine tickles your fancy and then you'll probably get quite an enthusiastic response because then the techies will have more meat on the bone to chew
 
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Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
I've never heard of a netbook running Android, just tablets. It's possible to run Android on an x86 CPU, but it takes some work.
They are around and on sale right now-

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...338&IsNodeId=1

Most of them are ARM, I havent seen an x86 system with android....yet. But they are around even if I didnt know (harryhallers Acer Aspire One D255 is android was a little suprising). There are even andorid desktops coming-

http://www.pcworld.com/article/20839...-desktops.html

Personally, I wouldnt bother with an android netbook. Sure, they are cheap, but so is the hardware. You could get a 2nd hand x86 laptop with far more power, a better screen, etc. for similar amounts of money to a new android netbook.

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It has an Atom N550 processor - this is also important to know, because thats like a 686 processor whereas some of the netbooks you are referring to may have Arm processors - who knows?
Actually, the N550 is AMD64/x86_64/EM64T/'Intel 64'

http://ark.intel.com/products/50154
 
  


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