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I am a computer science engineering student. I have currently taken up a project for developing an OS for smart wheel chair! Since i dont want to go as deep as kernel development, I have decided to work on linux kernel and build my OS on top of it. my question was, where do I find the emulators for Intel X86 tablets so that the OS i develop can be tested and debugged??

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If you're trying to do that, you're probably not looking at x86. You're probably wanting ARM. Try the Raspi and Raspian –  hbdgaf Apr 10 '13 at 12:09
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For the x86 platform you have a few options. Assuming you want something that doesn't cost you money (like many students would prefer), here is a list that you can evaluate:

I would recommend VirtualBox because of it's rather complete featureset and versatility. It is possible to interact with a running Virtual Machine using the VBoxManage command line utility. Sending keystrokes is done with VBoxManage controlvm <host> keyboardputscancode <hex> and screenshots can be saved with VBoxManage controlvm <host> screenshotpng <file>. Using these, you can automate driving the VM by processing screenshots and sending commands to the VM.

You can read more about VBoxManage in the official documentation at http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch08.html.

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