Android in a virtual machine

Very often, I’ve found that it is an advantage to have Android running in a virtual machine (say on a desktop or a laptop) and use the Android applications.

Welcome to android-x86

Android runs on x86 based machines thanks to the android-x86 project. I download images from here. What follows is a simple, step-by-step How-To to get Android running on your x86 based computer with VMWare. I assume that much the same thing can be done with some other emulator (like VirtualBox).

Install android-x86

The screenshots below show the steps involved in installing android-x86 on a Mac.

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Choose “Create a custom virtual machine”

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Choose “FreeBSD 64-bit”

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I used the default size (for now; I’ll increase the size later).

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For starters, we can get going with this.

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I was installing android v8.1 RC1

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Increased #cores and memory as above.

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Resized the drive to 40GB.

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And with that, began the installation.

Options during installation.

The options and choices are self explanatory. Screenshots show the options that are chosen (selected).

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One final thing – enable 3D graphics acceleration

Before booting, you should enable 3D graphics acceleration. I’ve found that without this, you end up in a text screen at a shell prompt.

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And finally, a reboot!

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That’s all there is to it, you end up in the standard android “first boot” process.

Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it, European Parliament members say

I have long suspected that this was the case, especially when no one could give a simple explanation why we did this.

  • For the farmers
  • For the farm animals
  • To save energy

Those are just some of the explanations I have heard.

But I get it, in countries that are wide (west to east) you need more time zones. That is the real solution.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/daylight-saving-time-isnt-worth-it-european-parliament-ministers-say/?amp=1