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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:40 am 
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I've been on the OpenAOS IRC for a few months (got my A43 in May) and I really bought it as a hacking toy. As a Linux fan and Ubuntu user, I wanted to get Ubuntu running on it and figured it would be possible based on other projects like BeagleBoard using pretty much identical hardware. With some help from OpenAOS, PandaBoard IRC, and the OMAP community I've finally got a useful Ubuntu image running. The system runs off an SD card instead of a filesystem image.

Kernel - I'm using Nicktime's 2.6.37+ kernel (http://dev.openaos.org/wiki/Gen8Linux2.6.37)

Modules - The modules come with the kernel and must be copied to the SD card with root fs.

Firmware - The firmware files needed can be downloaded with git as shown here: http://www.omappedia.org/wiki/MAC802.11_based_Wilink

Root Filesystem - The root filesystem of Ubuntu was created with rootstock and has the Gnome desktop manager

WiFi, Bluetooth, and Touchscreen are supported, sound is working in the kernel but not in Ubuntu, and power management/graphics acceleration are not implemented yet. I have an identical Debian image that has sound working (Ubuntu uses PulseAudio, this may be a problem). Screen rotation is available by modifying the kernel (adding omapfb.rotate=1 to boot args) but the touchscreen does not rotate, so it's only useful with a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse. WiFi works under Wicd as well as Network Manager. USB Networking (g_ether) is also available, but USB host does not appear to work.

Here is a video demonstrating it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmSWF0iJWN0

I'm still working out the sound. I go back to college this week but I'll try to post my filesystem and kernel if anyone wants them to try.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:56 pm 
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Cool :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:39 pm 
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Will this work on the other internet tablets like the seventy (on it writing this the numbers don't work not sure why) as I'd love to have Ubuntu :)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 5:35 pm 
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It may work on other Gen8 tablets, not sure. I think the kernel was designed with the A43 in mind, so I'm not sure how other tablets would handle it, but you can always flash over it if it doesn't work. There's a new version of the kernel out that has kexecboot (a kernel loader) built in, you could try using it.

http://dev.openaos.org/wiki/Gen8Linux2.6.37

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:03 pm 
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Is there a way to dual boot this with Android and have it on the internal storage instead so you don't have to use the SD slot? I would love to have Ubuntu on my Archos43 but would prefer not to be constantly swapping out SD cards.


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