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Ubuntu 12.04 Ported To the Allwinner A10 MK802 Mini PC 54

Posted by timothy
from the submini-seems-appropriate dept.
New submitter beefsack writes "Thanks to the strong ARM support in the Ubuntu repositories, Ubuntu, along with Lubuntu and others have been ported to work on the new MK802 mini PC. Performance is very impressive, especially given that Mali GPU driver support in Linux is still lacking features such as hardware video decoding."
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Ubuntu 12.04 Ported To the Allwinner A10 MK802 Mini PC

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Someone has strong-armed the MK802 mini PC into running Ubuntu?

  • allready?
  • by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @10:15AM (#40322231)
    Yup. Someone posted a link to your site on /. without hitting a cache service first.

    Amateur mistake, editor. Make this standard practice, for pity's sake!
  • not news (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cyko_01 (1092499) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @10:20AM (#40322285) Homepage
    Debian has been releasing for arm for years! Since ubuntu is based on debian of course it would follow that ubuntu can be made to work on arm too
  • by k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @10:30AM (#40322411)
    A random search for the actual device yields the following self-explanatory link:

    The link alone should tell you what the device is. Price per unit is supposed to be $74, not quite RasPi class.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The link alone should tell you what the device is. Price per unit is supposed to be $74, not quite RasPi class.

      This seems a bit expensive, considering that one can buy a 7" Allwinner/Mali-based tablet like the Ainol 7 Elf for very little more, with a touchscreen etc. I can't really understand why anyone would bother with this.

      • by DrXym (126579)
        They wholesale on Alibaba for $50 [alibaba.com]. I assume you could probably obtain them for even less shopping around that site. In some respects these are more attractive than Raspberry PI since they have 512MB or 1GB ram and 4 GB storage and come with case and cables. On the flip side I doubt they're ever going to be as well supported by the community or manufacturer and it may be the hardware codecs remain locked up.
    • Hardware looks nice.

      Anyone use one of these (or similar) as a cheap NAS device? (With external hard drives via USB.)

    • by ArsonSmith (13997)

      double the hardware of the RasPi, double the price. It is about the same class.

    • by pjr.cc (760528)

      To me, personally what the 'pi has always represented is a arduino replacement and hence while i'm very into arm and tech in general, i've never really been able to get into it given that its only got 256mb of ram. For a while i had this idea in my head of building a vps style system out of small arm boards and the 'pi just isnt going to cut it. The CPU in the thing is probably decent for some applications but there just not enough ram.

      Calxeda are now doing just that (with hp) and now dell are getting into

    • Boo hoo, it's not $35.
      Its got a case (not a bare board).
      Its got 1GB ram (not 256m).
      its got 4GB flash (not nothing).
      Its got wifi (but no ethernet...)
      It's a 1,5GHz A8 CPU (not a 700mhz arm11).
  • by bornagainpenguin (1209106) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @10:34AM (#40322439)

    People are already working on getting OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) to work on these, which will make these a wicked entertainment center given that this means XBMC on the cheap. I look forward to seeing these popular up in the houses of every day Joes being put together by their geek friends.

    What I'd like to see is a method of running XBMC as shell and allow Android games to be launched from within the interface. Should provide a library of games that way, especially if it could be made to pair with cellphones as controllers. Seems like everybody has a cellphone these days so it should make having controllers for everyone easier.

    Then of course there are all the emulators....

    • by timeOday (582209)
      Would OpenELEC enable hardware video decoding? The summary says it's not supported, and without that it'll be pretty useless for video replay. Software decoding is too jittery.
      • Would OpenELEC enable hardware video decoding? The summary says it's not supported, and without that it'll be pretty useless for video replay. Software decoding is too jittery.

        That's being worked on. There is a thread on XBMC's forums [nyud.net] with the various attempts to get these types of devices working. Some are closer to success than others. Last I heard the Allwinner A10 SOC driver code were released but the developers wanted to make sure they had written legal permission to use them. (Previously the code

  • I have a 7" NATPC using an AllWinner A10 chip running ICS. Cost of device $90 or less on places like EBay. Mostly it runs pretty well but it definitely suffers from not being dual core since there are times related to background activity when performance takes a dump. It's still capable of running most Android games pretty smoothly though.
    • Those cheapo tablets seem to all be around 1ghz, this thing is 1.5ghz so may be a bit faster...
  • by BoydWaters (257352) on Thursday June 14, 2012 @01:37PM (#40324943)

    Nice article here explains how to roll your own:

    http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/06/13/hardware-packs-for-allwinner-a10-devices-and-easier-method-to-create-a-bootable-ubuntu-12-04-sd-card/

  • Ubuntu is a resource hog and IMHO sucks in general, but to each their own. Debian ARM or Archlinux ARM would be a much better choice.

    I feel like this ubuntu bandwagon thing is more for n00bs and people who don't want to set everything up themselves...perhaps Canonical is somehow associated with the US government or something, and wants to get their foot in the door of most Linux users as well...

    Either way...not a good use of resources, IMHO, when something like Debian or Arch would've been much more e

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