I just revived an EOL Vista laptop with Remix OS. I now have access to over 2.8 MILLION apps to do anything that I need with desktop android. No need to worry about updates, dependencies, command line, etc. Just install an app and go.
There are a few minor bugs on my setup such as automatic sleep not working properly and having to reboot to go from ethernet to wifi (full power down first). Also, since I have nvidia graphics on this laptop I had to add a flag on startup because of some flickering and screen overlays weren't working properly: nouveau.modeset=0
Also, don't update the Remix wifi app from the play store, it turns your desktop back to a tablet version. You have to uninstall it and clear the data and cache on the "launcher 3" app to go back. Just block that app from auto updating.
Since Android is a mobile OS, you have to realize your trackpad works differently. Moving your finger around moves the cursor, and you hold down your button to swipe the screen. Also remember with android you long press for actions.
Another bonus is if you install to your HD and do a dual boot Windows/Remix, it installs right to the C drive folder: RemixOS. You can do a simple copy/paste of the data file in it to another folder and you just made a complete image backup.
I would definitely recommend RemixOS. No need to learn a new OS as Android is already familiar. Looking forward to their next update.
Remix os on arm devices including Jide Ultra tablet works well. They are currently running 2.0.305 android version 5.1. The Ultra tablet is awesome. There are some rough edges but the battery power is great and It is easy to find programs to take care of any weak spots the tablet may have. Currently, I am watch a Linux Action video while typing this review. I am looking forward to Jide's New 12 inch tablet with remix 3.0. I am slowly using tablet as my everyday driver.
I agree with the other reviews. Remix OS looks promising, but there's still a lot of work to be done for this to be an everyday distro. For me, I have noticed there are occasional crashes and freezes, usually without any warning. It also seems like Remix would work much better on machines with SSD's, rather than hard drives. I have noticed a lot of disk thrashing with the old hard drive I am using it on.
The installer and updaters both need some work, wifi is definitely very spotty, at least with cheap USB adapter I am using on my desktop. Wired Ethernet, however, seemed to have no issues. Another plus is that just about everything from the play store seems to work, although I didn't test very extensively. Lately, though, I've been having some trouble with the desktop. I had all my icons disappear, come back a few reboots later, and now have mysteriously arranged themselves onto three separate pages (like on a smartphone) that I can swipe through.
Anyway, I still hope that work continues on Remix OS and the bugs get fixed, because there is a ton of great software available for Android, and it really looks nice on a bigger screen.
Remix OS is probably the best desktop version of android available. It is better than Android x86 in the sense you can have mulitple applications with resizable windows as you would expect in a desktop OS. It also has a dedicated file manager and a key mapper tool for those apps that only work with a touch screen.
The cons: Wifi can be a bit flaky. On my laptop it never connects on boot, but works once you activate it again. CPU usage seems to spike a lot and the install process could be better. There should be an option to install to hard drive on a machine with no OS installed. It seems to be designed to run from USB, but Android x86 installs to HD easily enough, so I don't see why remix can't. Finally the OS feels glitchy and buggy at times as it if still needs some optimisation.
Overall I would recommend it if you want to run android on a desktop PC. This gives you the best experience as it has workarounds for non touch devices, and is quite fast and responsive on the right hardware.
Is it better than using a linux distro? Yes an no. Remix is very easy to use especially if you are used to Android. It doesn't feel like a mobile OS forced onto the desktop (unlike Android x86) and there are potentially thousands of apps you cou can try. I also had no screen tearing issues with remix which I always have with linux distros. However it isn't a true desktop operating system in the sense that gnu linux is. It's roots are a mobile operating system which may limit its appeal, but if your computer use is fairly basic, then remix would be more than capable of meeting your needs.