Run Linux and Android Applications

We have developed an unified VolksPC OS that can run both Android and Debian applications with the following features:

  • Full support for running Android applications.
  • Support for Debian XFCE desktop and applications.
  • Debian GUI applications run faster, thanks to MicroXwin.
  • Android applications run at native speeds without any emulation.
  • Instantaneous switching between Android and Debian desktop.
  • Quick launch of Android applications from Debian desktop.
  • Users can install applications from Google play store and Debian repository

Here is a video of  VolksPC OS running on the quad core ODROID-C2 ARM board made by Hardkernel.

Here is a comparison of our VolksPC OS against Ubuntu Mate desktop, the official release from Hardkernel.

Based on gtkperf, our graphics is about 176% faster while using same amount of memory as Ubuntu Mate  desktop. Also take note that client-server X11 runs on two cores during the benchmark while in case of MicroXwin, gtkperf is rendering directly on one core.  So to summarize,  with VolksPC OS , Linux desktop GUI is faster and users can also run an estimated 2 millions Android applications.

VOLKSPC Installer

Some devices  will  only have  Android installed and user will have to install the VolksPC Debian image  to provide the Debian desktop applications.  Another possibility is that the user wants to upgrade the Debian desktop. This can be done by the VolksPC  Android application shown below.

The installer menu items are:

1. Install VOLKSPC Debian distribution- The installer first looks for the installation zip file volkspcimg.zip on Micro SD card, USB stick or internal flash. For convenience volkpcimg.zip may be distributed by factory on a Micro SD card.

Our Installation page  has information on how to get volkspcimage.zip on to a USB stick or Micro SD card and use it for installation.

2. Remove VOLKSPC  Debian distribution- This will remove the distribution from internal flash. You will need to log out of Debian before you can uninstall. Any files created by Linux user “desktop” will also be removed.

3. Increase VOLKSPC image size. The root file system is distributed as a loop device, which is a single file emulating a disk and is of fixed size. But this image can get full if the user installs a lot of Debian applications. This option allows a user to increase VolksPC image size in 1GB increments.

4. Switch to VOLKSPC desktop- This allows switching to Debian desktop.