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Build 20100812

Test build for Android-x86 2.2 (Froyo-x86) on virtual machine.

We are glad to announce a test iso image of froyo-x86 for vm (virtual machine) target is uploaded to the download server:
The iso is intended for vm only (virtual box, qemu, vmware, ...). It may not work on any other real x86 machine.

Key Features

  • Kernel
  • Audio support for ICH AC97 and SB16
  • Ethernet support
  • Mouse cursor
  • Persistent mode
  • Some 3rd party apps updated

In this build I add a special experimental mode for testing purpose. In this mode the system still boots from the iso and runs like a live CD, but it saves settings and user data to a Linux ext3 partition on the (virtual) harddisk. It also emulates a sdcard by a fat partition on the harddisk. Therefore, you don't need to install android-x86 to the harddisk, but all data are persistent. So I call it the persistent mode.

To use it, you need to create an ext3 partition and a fat partition on the harddisk. You may enter the debug mode to do it manually, e.g.,

# fdisk /dev/sda
# (create two partitions like below)
Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks  Id System
/dev/sda1            1         199     1604704  83 Linux
/dev/sda2          200         520     2588544   c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)

# mdev -s
# mke2fs -j /dev/sda1
# newfs_msdos /dev/sda2
We may provide a GUI tool to create them easier in future release.

Released Files

  • Live CD iso: froyo-vm-20100812.iso

    sha1sum: 96fae8d0f6db12123b8d4c17d80a75120ea9ec35

Known issues

  • Mouse cursor is slow

Source code

The source code is available in the main git server,

    $ repo init -u git:// -b froyo-x86
    $ repo sync

as well as the SourceForge mirror:

    $ repo init -u git:// -b froyo-x86

Read here for how to compile the source code.