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As an avid linux user I have watched with some amusement the conversation among linux users about how or if linux will ever become

a mainstream computer desktop platform. Well I can now tell you the answer is NO, and Yes.

If my Yes answer turns out to be correct it not only will become mainstream, it may just blow Microsoft windows out of the game, at least for some while.

If this happens it will take mucho investment, a huge change, and time for Microsoft to reamerge.

I know you’re thinking I’m nuts to think linux could overtake Windows. This is where the  no and yes part comes in.

The consumer won’t know it’s linux, In fact they will fall for it almost immediately , like the warm embrace of an old friend.

The OS will be linux under the hood, but the user will see it as the OS they have learned to love on their cell phone and tablet, yes Android.

Android with all the apps they have grown fond of, with quickness way beyond the tablet or phone, and an ease of use for daily computing that can hardly be matched.

How do I know this? Because I am using Android on my pc to write this. It all started the way many things in the open source world start, with just a notion

to see how Android would look and feel on a desktop platform and thanks to the folks at Android X86 it is becoming reality.

When I first checked in on the Android X86 project back around Android 1.5 it was really just an amusement, but now running Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich

on my Lenovo laptop, all I can say is wow! It screams with speed, is easy to use with a wheel mouse and after collecting the right set of apps from the Google Play store

does everything I need for daily computing and being app based makes it easier and more intuitive to use.

Yes there are still some apps that won’t run on this platform and there are a few bugs, but I think once Google decides to make this work, it will

and the rest will be history as they say. Want to give it a test drive yourself? surf on over to androidx86.org and check it out.

Caution, you need to know what you are doing and have supported hardware at this stage, but soon I predict you will see this OS on many a users desktop.

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 November 11, 2012  Posted by on November 11, 2012 Tim Camp

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