In fact, Android's ability to run on a PC is no longer seriously in doubt. As I pointed out in a blog post last month, gearheads are having a field day porting Android to all sorts of portable devices, including netbooks and laptop PCs. That includes a pair of VentureBeat journalists who loaded and ran Android on an Asus Eee PC 10000H netbook.
That leaves Asus engineers ready to skip the proof-of-concept stuff and get down to brass tacks. At this point, most of the work Asus will have to do is likely to involve fine-tuning drivers and integrating an application stack -- both tasks that are unlikely to spring any show-stopping surprises, even if they turn out to be messier than expected.
Asus is a likely candidate to offer an Android-powered netbook for another reason: Its obvious aversion to Ubuntu. While Ubuntu Linux plays a starring role for other top-tier netbook OEMs, including Dell and HP, Asus -- for whatever reason -- doesn't want anything to do with Canonical or Ubuntu.
What Google thinks about all of this is anyone's guess. For netbook buyers, however, the prospect of a low-cost, Linux-based netbook OS that is uniquely suited for integrating netbooks with smartphones and other portable devices is extremely enticing.