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    I've been reading about the supposed $35 computer. It reportedly has minimal spec hardware and operates on the android OS. I'm not familiar with the android OS, since I'm one of those people who only uses my phone as a phone. Is android capable enough to be not just a phone os, but a full blown computer os? Is anyone working on that?

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    Apparently you can give it a go... linky
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    Quote Originally Posted by MASONTX View Post
    I've been reading about the supposed $35 computer. It reportedly has minimal spec hardware and operates on the android OS. I'm not familiar with the android OS, since I'm one of those people who only uses my phone as a phone. Is android capable enough to be not just a phone os, but a full blown computer os? Is anyone working on that?
    Yes, and yes. However, more work is being done with Meego for mobile devices beyond phones. Android is pretty much linked to ARM processors at this point. If you want to look at Meego, you can find it on the Linux Foundation web site (Linux.com | The source for Linux information).
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    i guess that would be an example of convergance. Our phones getting more like our computers and our computers handling phone calls. They can already play music, movies and TV programs, so what's next? When they make a computer that will cut the grass, I'll get in line for the release.

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    Well, I think that there are computerized lawn mowers that you can program to mow your lawn while you chill out with a beer on the back porch...
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    Yes, but the ones out now are one trick ponies, they just mow. To be a true convergance type device it would have to mow, surf, email, play music and videos, play games and of course make phone calls. Of course if they have a Windows OS, getting cut off during your phone call could be quite literal.
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    Giving new meaning to the term "BSOD". Now it will be "Blue Sky Of Death"...
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    I am read about a iPed and it runs on Android. And the Chinese are selling it at 1/4 the price of an iPad.
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    How much disk space and ram would an install of Android require? Seems like a small light distro teamed up with a dirt cheap processor, minimal ram, and an 8 or 16 GB flash card would make a slow but capable system. It wouldn't satisfy power users, or those already spoiled by modern fast systems, but for developing areas or an internet appliance, it should do the trick.

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    You can get an android phone emulator from the android web site to work with the SDK to develop applications for android phones, etc. It seems to work well enough for me on my CentOS system. Other than that, you may need to build the OS yourself if you want to install it in VirtualBox or other VM environment.
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