When I read this heading in a Linux For You magazine, I was amazed. That was a short note which tells how to install Android OS in your Netbook/Laptop. Then I searched in Google, whether I can install and use it in my Asus EeePC Netbook. And I found it is possible. I searched for the 'android ISO' and found an ISO that suits for my Netbook.
The ISO was around 181MB of size. To make a bootable USB stick, I installed a software named 'uNetbootin' that runs on Windows, and its of around 5MB of size. With the help of that software I made a Bootable USB stick. Before the installation, I just went through various blogs and sites that explained about android installation.
The Android that I tried in my netbook is Android 4, which commonly known as 'ICE CREAM SANDWICH'. There are different versions of android are available in Website. Just Google it ! That is the best way to find the good one. Make sure that the OS is supported and compatible with your netbook/laptop.
You can make a bootable USB drive for install in your PC. For that install uNetbootin. That will help you to create a bootable USB drive. Everything will be so easy for you, if you know how to install Linux/Ubuntu. Its just the same with slight difference. Now it is the time to get uNetbootin:
Now its the time to install Android in your PC. You have to make a partition in your hard disk to install the OS. No need to give a huge disk space for that. I think Android can be installed on any file system, like ext2,3 or FAT32. You have to note the partition you have made for Android. That is important. For that if you use an Linux OS, open a Terminal and then type:
sudo fdisk -l
This will show you the entire disk partition table,like this:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 206848 62916607 31354880 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 62918654 625141759 281111553 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 62918656 312915967 124998656 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda6 312918016 500918015 94000000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda7 562917376 566915071 1998848 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8 566917120 625141759 29112320 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 500918272 562900991 30991360 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda9 is the partition where I installed the Android OS. Note your partition for some further use.
Now, change the boot option in the boot menu and enable it to boot from the USB stick. Connect the Bootable USB and boot from it. You can try a Live Android at that time and have your first look at android in your PC. Else go straight into installation process. It is just similar to the any Linux/Ubuntu installation and so easy to do.
Let me mention some important points; if you have Linux/Ubuntu already in your PC the please ignore the installation of Android grub during OS installation by choosing SKIP. Another thing is create an sdcard image during installation when the window for that option appears. You can give maximum of 2047MB for that. Please check yourself why you have to do this.
Finally you will have your New Android Operaring System in your PC. After installation I faced some problem regarding the Ubuntu grub2 that doesn't have any option to boot the Android. But I fixed that problem by doing some steps, for that you need the use of previously mentioned disk partition. Still I have some problems that is to be fixed, but I believes in Google!! :-)
Now, its your turn. Try yourself. Enjoy the taste of Android Ice Cream Sandwich !!