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Load Android on your junk PC

Interesting Open Source project.

Description from the project website

A few months after we created the project, we found out that we could do much more than just hosting patches. So we decide to create our code base to provide support on different x86 platforms, and set up a git server to host it. This is an open source project licensed under Apache Public License 2.0.

I loaded it into a virtual machine. It runs.

OS Statistics, Spring 2015

Interesting statistics. Very unexpected.
Mac 49%, Linux 25%, Windows 21%

Chrome 82%, FireFox 7.7%, Safari 3.3%, Internet Explorer 2.8%
Browser Stats

These stats are consistent within 1-2% across all my web sites except the OS stats on one web site are different: on the Adult Life Training, Inc. site the OS stats are Windows 40%, Mac 38%, Linux 18% — possibly due the to lab computers home page being set to this web site and the tendency for beginners to prefer Windows until they learn a bit about how to work the computer. The Returning visitor stat on is also higher (about half instead of about 1/4th) so that seems likely.

On Mobile OS: Android 59%, iOS 37%, Windows 3.7%Mobile OS Stats

But on and Mobile OS: iOS is 70% and Android is 30% with no Windows presence at all.
x Return visitor is also high in this stat so it may be due in part to the free wireless we provide and an unusually high presence of Apple devices (near 100%) with organizational staff on the campus.

Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Update note: about the concern of being required to take a Microsoft Cloud account in order to use Windows 10, please look at my reveiw of the Tech Preview at and pay attention to the item “1. How to use Windows 10 without subscribing to Microsoft Cloud”

According to an article on eWeek, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for customers currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8 will also upgrade for free. Microsoft will make it’s money in the cloud. Hardware requirement will be 1GHz processor, 1G RAM, 16G storage, and DirectX 9 capable graphics. However, it is also said that you MUST have a Microsoft Cloud account. In Windows 8 you could get around this.

Xiaomi, the mobile device maker, is looking at Windows 10 mobile as an alternative to Android, and Windows 10 will work on all devices, including tablets, greatly simplifying interoperability. Advanced biometrics, such as retina scanners, will be included which when combined with Azure or OneDrive could mean fewer credential hassles across all your devices — scan retina on on your phone, tablet, phablet, or PC to log in.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, inan interview with Reuters.

According Ars Technica, Microsoft representatives have indicated that those with pirated copies of previous Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but the Windows 10 they get will be considered an “unofficial” version.

Spartan, supposedly a total (or almost total) rewrite of the Microsoft web browser, will replace IE. Cortana, the “personal digital assistant’ available for Windows phones, will work on all versions of Windows 10. Cortana, I hear, is not your grandfather’s Clippie. Haven’t seen it on my Windows 7 phone. As I mentioned in my previous review of the tech preview, the menu system and such in Windows 10 is much more usable, keeping the worthwhile innovations from both Windows 7 and 8 — the menu is back, and the touch screen cell phone like launchers are staying.

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