Announcement: new Android-x86 stable release is ready

by Yi Sun » Sat, 21 Nov 2009 01:52:07 GMT


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 he Android-x86 project is glad to release the new stable version 1.6
to the public. The live cd iso and usb image are available from our
site, as usual:

* http://www.android-x86.org/download
* http://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list

Test reports (success or fail) are welcome as always. Please send the
reports to the Android-x86 discussion group. If you are working on
Android for x86 platform, welcome to join us. See the below contact
information.
Key Features
Android-x86 1.6 is based on the Android 1.6, aka the Donut branch. We
fixed and added many x86 specified code to let the system runs
smoothly on x86 platforms, especially for netbooks. The key features
of this release contain

* Kernel 2.6.29 with KMS enabled. Most netbooks can run
Android-x86 in the native resolution.
* Hardware OpenGL support on i915/i945 family chipsets. This
feature improves greatly the performance of 3D effect and video
playback. It is turned on by default if the i915 driver is available.
However, if you have trouble with it, you can disable it by adding
HWACCEL=0 to the cmdline. (by olv from 0xlab)
* Wifi and Ethernet support. Both are configured from the GUI.
* A new text based GUI installer which supports
ext3/ext2/ntfs/fat32 filesystems.
* Support basic bluetooth for builtin device and external bluetooth dongle.
* Keyboard layout is configurable. Ten layouts are supported in
this release. To use this feature, you have to install Android-x86 to
harddisk and reboot after changing the setting.
* Fn hotkeys support for Eee PC platforms.
* Add touch features to simulate Home/Menu/Back keys, useful for
touchscreen only devices.
* Add software mouse cursor. Mouse wheel is also supported.

In addition to the key features, here is the list of all other improvements

* Better keyboard support, including PageUp, PageDown, and so on.
The Ctrl key is usable in the Terminal emulator.
* Touchscreen support for Eee PC T91 and Eee Top.
* External usb drive and sdcard are auto mounted on plugging.
* Add shutdown and reboot dialog. To invoke it, press the power button.
* A hotplug tool to load driver firmwares.
* Audio and Camera support.
* Drivers auto detection.
* Battery status.
* Suspend to RAM and wakeup.
* Adjustable Alarm Clock volume.
* Add proxy setting.
* Be able to su in the Terminal emulator.
* Software keyboard is workable.
* Support larger resolutions.
* Chinese Pinyin IME works correctly.
* Add video player.
* Add more sample applications.
* Add third party applications, include
o OpenIntents File Manager.
o ConnectBot ssh client.
o AndAppStore client 1.5.8.
o LIME IME 1.6.3.
o RockOn 1.4.8 For Android.
* Compressed filesystem (squashfs).
* Debug mode including busybox.
* NDK for x86 platforms is supported.

Released Files

* Live CD iso: android-x86-1.6.iso

sha1sum: 9201e1eae9c4d48bc4436bce163c3eb12052603b
* Live USB image: android-x86-1.6_usb.img.gz

sha1sum: 9070bd35835f0790acfe30adef7dc21ef5a4537f

Source code

As uaual, the source code is available in our git server:

$ repo init -u git://git.android-x86.org/platform/manifest.git -b donut-x86
$ repo sync

Read this article for how to compile the source code.
Contact us

* Google group: Android-x86




Announcement: new Android-x86 stable release is ready

by ehung1...@gmail.com » Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:11:57 GMT


 hanks a lot for your effort on android x86 first.
I met some question about install android system.
I downloaded the image file from website and installed to x86 system
step by step through the usb disk.
When I finish the install process, I reboot the system.
The screen showed message " error 15: Files not found ".
I don't know which step I miss.
Could you give me some suggestion?

Thanks in advance.

Best Regards,
ehung

On 200911 11 Yi Sun <beyo...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Android-x86http://www.android-x86.org


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