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Install Android Emulator in Fedora 17

Android emulator allows you to test apps and websites from an Android user’s perspective, without the need for a physical Android device. The Emulator does not work “out of the box” in Fedora however, and only a version for 32-bit machines is provided. Additional packages are required, and the GUI must be started from the command line. These steps are designed for 64-bit machines, but they should also work on 32-bit ones as well.
android emulator screenshot

  1. Install the additional packages which the emulator depends upon:
    yum install libstdc++.i686 glibc.i686 ncurses-libs.i686 libstdc libstdc++.i686 libzip.i686 libX11.i686 libXrandr.i686 SDL.i686
  2. Download the Linux edition of the emulator from Google: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
  3. Extract the downloaded archive (open your Downloads folder right click on the file, “extract here”)
  4. Open a terminal, change directory to the folder you have just extracted:
    cd ~/Downloads/android-sdk-linux/
  5. Run the emulator:
    tools/android
  6. Once the repository has automatically updated itself, download the packages that have been automatically selected for you (click “install packages”)
  7. Open the Virtual Device manage window from the menu: “tools” > “Manage AVDs”
  8. Click “new” to create a new AVD, use default settings
  9. Highlight your new device and click “start”, then “launch”

The emulator should now boot up after a few seconds and allow you to use the device.


Free Software Android page gets “slashdotted”

At FOSDEM, FSFE’s page about how to free Android devices was officially launched by Torsten Grote, leaflets were handed out, and over the course of the weekend news of this hit hackernews.ws, causing a ‘slashdot’ effect resulting in 12,00+ hits. Great going in such a short time, and goes to show what an impact sharing your knowledge on the fsfe wiki can have!

Thanks also to UK Fellow Paul Boddie for fixing search engine indexing and Piwik analytics issues with our MoinMoin installation just days before FOSDEM – without that the launch couldn’t have been so successful.