Disclaimers and Waivers
I can't stress enough: take extreme care when hacking mobile devices. Besides the obvious peril of bricking the device and making it unusable, there is the even greater danger of causing yourself an extremely large cellular bill. This is a really good way to test to see if your “unlimited” data plan truly is unlimited. You'll find out the hard way that most aren't. Take precautions, and try to find hacks that other people have done and reported success doing. Unless you have unlimited funds, blazing a trail in this area can become expensive quickly.
I had a difficult time getting Android going on my Netbook, but that doesn't mean you will. In particular, the ASUS Eee PCs (701, 900, 901, 904 and 1000) are known to work fairly well under Android. Brock Tice has made a ready-to-go USB installer image for the Eee PCs, although the Wi-Fi support in his build doesn't work at the time of this writing. If you have a different model of Netbook (like my Acer Aspire One) your experience may vary. This is still very much proof-of-concept code.
Just before press time, a team of Android developers released a live CD for Android. If you want to test drive Android on your Netbook, laptop or even a virtual machine, it's extremely easy now. Simply download the image, burn it to CD, and boot from it—no compiling needed. Check it out—you may get hooked on it enough to buy a G1 phone!
Where Are You Using Android?
We want to know what devices you're running Android on. Share with our editors in the Android Everywhere forum at www.linuxjournal.com/forums/hot-topics where author and LJ Virtual Editor Bill Childers will be moderating.
The Open Handset Alliance: www.openhandsetalliance.com/android_overview.html
JF's Blog (Android Developer Extraordinaire): jf.andblogs.net
Hacking Your G1/Dream: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=442480
Android for the HTC Touch Pro: connect-utb.com/index.php?option=com_rokdownloads&view=folder&Itemid=68&id=3:htc-raphael
Porting Android to x86: code.google.com/p/patch-hosting-for-android-x86-support
Setting Up Your Machine to Build Android: source.android.com/download
Getting the Patched x86 Version of Android: svn checkout http://patch-hosting-for-android-x86-support.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ patch-hosting-for-android-x86-support-read-only
Brock Tice's Eee PC Build of Android: virtuallyshocking.com/2008/12/20/building-android-for-the-asus-eeepc-701
Bill Childers is an IT Manager in Silicon Valley, where he lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys Linux far too much, and probably should get more sun from time to time. In his spare time, he does work with the Gilroy Garlic Festival, but he does not smell like garlic.
Bill Childers is the Virtual Editor for Linux Journal. No one really knows what that means.
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