Remix OS is a Linux distribution based on Android-x86 and Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop
Remix OS is a Linux distribution that aims to bring the Android operating system to the desktop. It’s not similar to the Android-x86 project, which it uses as a base and it has its own look and feel.
The developers provide support for the Play Store, which means that users will have access to the entire library of applications that are available for the regular Android users. Not all of them will work, since not all of the applications can be used with the help of a mouse, but most should work nonetheless.
The Linux distribution is working for now on Intel machines and possibly some Mac OS’ too, but it’s still in development, and it needs a lot of testing.
Remix OS is also capable of dual-booting, and it should be fine to install it on systems that already have an OS, even in UEFI environments.
The developers have also compared the performance of Remix OS running on a modern PC to some of the most powerful mobile devices out there, and they are simply no match for them. Remix OS outperforms by a factor of three anything that’s available on mobile devices right now.
Another interesting feature is the option to install it on a USB stick, preferably a 3.0 version, and run it on the go.
It’s also worth noting that Remix OS for PC is free to download, free to install, and free to use. Like the Android-x86 project that’s based on, Remix OS is mostly licensed as GPLv3, although there are some proprietary bits that are still owned by Google.
It should also work on less powerful hardware, so you can always use an old PC or laptop, and Remix OS will still outperform anything in the mobile market.