Which make of Linux is best or most popular to use for Android Development? Ubuntu? I am going to install Linux and not sure which one to go with.
Any major distro should work fine. Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse, Gentoo, to name a few. Just recommend one with Gnome or KDE gui interface to help you start to work with linux. Everyone seems to like one or the other for personal reasons on how it looks or works. I been using Redhat/Fedora for 10 plus years. I am so use to it and know the under the gui features. Just my perference. I suggest you try many of them till you find one you like.
+1 for Ubuntu.
Works great on newer hardware, does a great job of automatically downloading and installing 3rd party proprietary drivers, and has a very up-to-date package repository.
One caveat, be careful when doing upgrades between versions, or doing kernel upgrades. That is when I've seen most of the problems occur.
I use Linux both personally and professionally, and Ubuntu is the best distro I have ever seen for personal use.
I use Ubuntu 10.4 in a virtual environment (OracleVirtualBox). I have two VM's setup, one compiling AOSP source with some changes I've made and one compiling Cyanogen's ROM. I dedicated 1/2 of my system's resources to each VM (only running one at a time), allowing me to continue doing all the Windows stuff while my Ubuntu system runs a compile in the VM.
Win7 being the host is always running where I read the forums, do email, etc...
I use Wubi. From the site:
Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. Are you curious about Linux and Ubuntu? Trying them out has never been easier!
You still boot like you would and select Ubuntu or Windows @ startup, but it installs like anything else in Windows.
Just been perusing the Ubuntu forums trying to figure out how to get my Dell 1390 WLAN card working with it so I can start playing around. It's been maybe 3 weeks with no luck.
i use ubuntu. i use ubuntu, vista, and leopard all about equally. but ya, wubi makes installation really simple
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