Tuning Up Your Hardware
You can develop Android applications on various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. In this book, you find a combination of the Windows 7 operating system and Mac OS X, but you can use Linux as well.
Android supports these platforms:
Windows XP or later
Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (x86 only)
Note that 64-bit Linux distributions must be capable of running 32-bit applications. Visit
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Some examples use Mac OS X; a Mac or Linux path looks similar to this:
Before you start installing the required software, make sure that your computer can run it adequately. Just about any desktop or laptop computer manufactured in the past four years will suffice. A laptop with a 1.6GHz Pentium D processor with 1GB of RAM running Windows XP and Windows 7 can run and debug Eclipse applications with no problem. ...