IcedRobot or Cool Android/Linux

One of the things that will help end-users get ARM going on their ordinary personal computers is the love of GNU/Linux or Android/Linux. There are moves to port Android to x86 but now there is IcedRobot which seeks to create a Davik virtual machine on a normal GNU/Linux system. This is all good.

One big advantage of IcedRobot is that it will use OpenJDK on the desktop so Oracle will be toothless. Chuckle…

Either way you slice it, all kinds of Linux-based systems will be running on PCs of all kinds. The lowest cost will be ARM in your PC. The highest performance may still be AMD64 and in the middle x86, none of which require that other OS to slow us down, force reboots or gather malware from the universe. The ability to run all the cool Android apps on desktops will be very attractive for those already in love with their smartphones.

see also icedrobot-fosdem-2011-02-05.pdf

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to IcedRobot or Cool Android/Linux

  1. oldman says:

    “The ability to run all the cool Android apps on desktops will be very attractive for those already in love with their smartphones.”

    AN interesting idea, but as you well know this stuff doesnt exist yet, as is noted in one of the comments in the article that you link to:

    “The current state of the code is not at all clear; it will, they said, be posted on IcedRobot.org soon, but, as of this writing, that site does not yet exist. ”

    So all that has been done so far is a a powerpoint presentation! My guess is that we are looking at a minimum of 1 year to alpha (if these people have enought spare time to work) and maybe 2-3 years before anything developed enough comes out that non hardcore linux users want to play with, let alone use.

    By which time Icedrobot may be irrelevant.

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