Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Android development – Ubuntu vs. Windows platform

Just wanted to share my experience. As part of my crusade for Linux study I first installed Android development environment on my Ubuntu 10 box – dual core hyperthreaded 1.6GHz Atom, 2GB RAM.
After 2 weeks of ignoring 5 minutes long emulator restarts (if lucky) and unbelievably sluggish everything, my hope was raising that may be on Windows platform it will be better.
Today, another frozen emulator start got me other the tipping point and after installing dev platform on Windows (Dual core 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM) I’m working with a TOTALLY USABLE environment, responsive and even nicer looking emulator.

Overall my Ubuntu box is quite fast, but qualitatively not enough for android I should tell.

I’ll re-measure once I have both environments as VMs on the same server.

And actually I can’t see anything to improve Linux knowledge should I do development on Ubuntu as Android dev is pretty much limited to the Eclipse/ADT boundaries per my experience so far.

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