You have probably heard about Andriod if you are even remotely interested in smart phones. Andriod is a Linux based operating system intended for mobile phones. It started off as a Google project (and is still generally considered as Google’s product by many), but is currently developed by the Open Handset Alliance.
Although Andriod has garnered a lot of acclaim, till date very few Andriod phones have been manufactured (with the most notable ones being from HTC). Things are changing and a slew of Andriod phones are expected later this year or early next year from various manufacturers including Sony Ericsson. Thankfully you don’t need to buy a new handset if you want to check out Andriod. LiveAndroid is a community driven project which offers Live CD (as well as Live USB) of Andriod OS which works on PCs.
LiveAndriod is still in it’s infancy. Problems like freezeups and hardware malfunctions are quite common due to missing hardware drivers. You can install LiveAndriod on your harddisk, however I won’t reccomend it. LiveAndriod is not yet ready to serve as the primary OS. In its current form it’s mainly intended for tech enthusiasts who just want to get a feel of Andriod. It is also something Netbook users may be interested in using (atleast till Google Chrome OS arrives).