Lemote unveils world’s first netbook powered entirely by FOSS

According to a MIPS press release, the company is set to demo an 8″ netbook powered by free software. According to Lemote, who manufactures the Yeelong8089, the Android machine is completely closed-source free. From the BIOS out, everything preloaded on the 8089 is completely free and open source. The result: a low-cost,  lightweight, and compact […]

Android-x86: Install Google Android on a netbook the easy way

Google Android is an operating system designed to run on smartphones, not netbooks. But much of the source code is available, which means that folks have been able to port the operating system to run on machines with x86-based processors for ages. Earlier this year we published an article on how to compile Android from […]

Quanta unveils Snapdragon powered, super-thin Android smartbook

There’s plenty of non-Intel news going around lately. This time, it’s Quanta with a new smartbook which marries Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Google’s Android OS. The demo video reveals 3 USB 2.0 ports, a mini-HDMI connector, microSD reader, and combination microphone/headphone jack. The battery looks to be fairly small – perhaps a 3-cell – […]

You can run Android on a netbook, but why would you want to?

The folks at VentureBeat ported Google’s Android operating system to run on an Asus Eee PC 1000H netbook. Good for them. The OS was originally designed for cellphones and now they’ve shown that it’s possible to run it on a full (but portable) computer like the Eee PC 1000H. That’s pretty cool. But VentureBeat then […]