lBochs is a port of the Bochs X86 emulator (http://bochs.sourceforge.net).
The modified bochs sources are included as a tgz archive stored in the internal SD card (Android/data/lb.myapp.lbochs).
I provide a floppy with freedos just to make the emulator boot after app installation.
I provide also a virtual HD ready to use for OS installations.
It's possible to create shortcuts for different systems (if the home launcher allows it).
It's possible to set the emulator run on a specific cpu model (386/486/586/686), but the configuration must be chosen wisely or the app will crash badly.
If you plan to put the virtual machines in the external SD card, be aware that Android>=4.4 grants write access to the app only under /Android/data/lb.myapp.lbochs/files.
Please note that this is a sort of nerd-oriented app, probably useless for the average android user.
A virtual PC keyboard is provided, but you can use your own virtual keyboard if you like.
All the settings are made through a popup menu with quite many options.
The back button usually opens the menu if a menu button is not reported by Android on the device.
N.B. This app was first created as an experiment just for my personal use. Then I decided to make it available to the community as I think it can be interesting. There is no official or guaranteed support and I don't know if I'll maintain it in the future years.
The app is still considered in a sort of beta/testing stage.
Many thanks to:
SDL (libsdl.org) - No porting possible without that
Bochs (bochs.sourceforge.net) - They made the real thing
FreeDOS (freedos.org) - The basic tools for a PC
Free icons authors (iconarchive.com) - I'm good at coding but bad at drawing
** WARNING **
The app seems quite stable to me, but it's easily possible to make it very unstable and it may crash immediately if the user plays too much with the configuration, or if the guest system is not managed well.
It's possible that you have to reboot your Android device in some cases.
It's possible that in some cases you have to uninstall and reinstall the app to make it work again.
Than the app may drain your battery quickly, but this depends on the configuration (emulated cpu cycles).
It's possible that the device CPU becomes stressed causing overheating.
So use it at your own risk.
** WARNING **
- Experimental Voodoo Banshee (thanks to V. Ruppert of the bochs team).
IT REQUIRES AN EXTERNAL VGABIOS (banshee pci_sg.rom). Look for it in internet.
- Alignment with bochs svn.
- Add compliance with new android features and requirements (now Android 6 is required).
- Bug fixing. The vesa vbe videocard should work now.
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