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Are there any virtual machine players such as virtualbox, I can use to run .iso images on Android? If I need the device to be rooted that is fine, but I prefer a portable solution

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    A .iso file is just a way of storing a filesystem in a single file. Does your filesystem contain a kernel and binaries for the processor inside your phone (usually a version of the ARM architecture), or for some different processor (such as i386)?
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 19, 2013 at 15:17
  • I want to run a linux image
    – 0x90
    Oct 19, 2013 at 16:15
  • But is the Linux image for Intel PCs or for ARM processors? It makes a big difference.
    – Dan Hulme
    Oct 19, 2013 at 16:27
  • It is of course for X86 but I will compile it for ARM, is it possible at all to run X86 compiled kernel on ARM using VM ?
    – 0x90
    Oct 19, 2013 at 16:58

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It really depends on which OS you want to run. Regardless, whenever you want to run a OS meant for computers (x86 architecture) on a mobile device (ARM architecture) a fair amount of time and processing power is needed to convert instructions from one format to other.

I'm not sure if there is a one stop solution like VMware on Android like that can run both *Nix and Windows OS's.

You can try the app Windows, Linux, Unix Emulator but I'm not sure how far it will be successful.

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  • I want to run a linux image
    – 0x90
    Oct 19, 2013 at 16:14

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