Linux ARM and MK802

  • Linux on ARMPeople have been loading Ubuntu and other Linux distributions onto Android TV sticks for about as long as these cheap ARM-based devices have been available. But the Rikomagic MK802 IV LE is one of the first models to come with Ubuntu pre-loaded.

  • Linux on ARMPicUntu 4.5 installer is probably the easiest method to install Ubuntu on a Rockchip RK3188 based mini PC, but if you want a little more flexibility I’ll provide another method to install Linux on T428, MK802 IV or compatible devices, as well as links to go further: dual boot Android / Linux, create your own official distro, status of Mali-400 GPU support in RK3188…

  • Linux on ARMWhen the MK802 Android mini PC hit the streets in 2012, one of the most interesting things about it was the fact that you could install Linux on it and turn it into a cheap, tiny desktop computer.

  • Linux on ARMThe Rikomagic MK802 IV LE is a tiny ARM-based device that you can plug into a TV or monitor’s HDMI port to basically turn it into a full-fledged computer. It’s based on the same hardware as an Android TV stick, but this is one of the first such devices to ship with Ubuntu Linux instead of Android.

  • Linux on ARMIt looks like it may be time to stop calling tiny ARM-based devices like the MK802 Android TV sticks and go back to calling them mini PCs. Rikomagic UK has announced it will start shipping Linux Editions of two of its most recent ARM-powered stick-sized computers.

  • Linux on ARMThe Zealz GK802 looks a bit like a long, over-wide USB pen drive. Under a removable clip at one end of the stick is a male HDMI connector ready to be plugged directly into a monitor or large TV. On the other end of the stick are two USB ports: a micro USB to supply power to the GK802 and a female USB connector to let you attach peripherals like a keyboard, mouse or hub. Being a small, contained stick with an HDMI connector the obvious use for the GK802 is consuming video media.

  • Linux on ARMAfter the release of the RK3188 Linux kernel source code last week, Ian Morrison (Linuxium) has managed to boot Ubuntu 12.04 with XFCE desktop on Tronsmart T428. However, as Tronsmart refused to release their source code, further Linux development is likely to happen on Rikomagic MK802 IV, because Rikomagic released the code for their device, so development work will be easier.

  • Linux on ARMWe’ve had Ubuntu support on i.MX6 HDMI dongles, specifically HiApad Hi802 and Zealz GK802, for a little while, but for those who prefer Debian distribution, a Debian installer is now available thanks to Angus Gratton.

  • Linux on ARMIan MORRISON (linuxium) has tested Linux with several mini PCs powered by different processors. The main point of his tests was to evaluate the performance difference between running Ubuntu 12.04 natively, or in a chroot in Android using tools such as Complete Linux Installer. I previously tried Linux on Android in ODROID-X, and found the applications start time when running from an low-end SD card pretty dismal, and the graphics performance poor.

  • Linux on ARMAbout 2 weeks ago, Jasbir released an Ubuntu 11.10 image and installation instructions for GK802 and Hi802mini PCs based on Freescale i.MX6. I could only find time to give it try yesterday and today. I'll provide the steps I followed to install the image, and my quick first impressions of the stability and performance of this image.

  • Linux on ARMThe Zealz GK802 is a small device that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps on a big screen. It's a $94 device that features a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor and Android 4.0 software.

  • Linux on ARMYou may remember an Ubuntu 11.10 image was released via Geekbuying early January, but this image would not boot on my Hi802, lacked 2D/3D acceleration, and to my knowledge there hasn’t been any update since then.

  • Linux on ARMThe Zealz GK802 mini PC is a tiny computer that fits in the palm of your hand. It features a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. While the GK802 ships with Android and is designed to let you run Android apps on a TV, owners have been figuring out how to run Ubuntu Linux on the device for months.

  • Linux on ARMToday I am happy to announce our first public Bodhi images for the MK802 Android stick. This image comes with a 3.0 kernel and it has OpenGL support for MK802 GPU enabled out of the box. You can find a download link for the MK802 on the ARMHF page of the Bodhi website. The default user name is armhf and the password is bodhilinux. This default user has sudo enabled for installing software and ssh is on by default.

  • Linux on ARMThere are a handful of inexpensive TV sticks with Rockchip RK3066 dual core processors available for around $50 to $70. While they're designed to run Android apps on a TV, they can also run other operating systems. Now the first Ubuntu Linux-based OS is available for RK3066 mini computers including the MK808 and UG802.

  • Linux on ARMThe Zealz GK802 is a little device about the size of a chunky USB flash drive. But unlike a flash drive, the GK802 is a fully functional little computer with a quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It ships with Google Android software, but it can also run Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems.

  • Linux on ARMDeveloper AndrewDB has been working to get Ubuntu Linux up and running on inexpensive mini computers with Rockchip RK3066 processors for the last few weeks. Now he's released pre-alpha builds of Ubuntu 12.10 which you can install on the UG802, MK802 III, or MK808 mini computers.

  • Linux on ARMRockchip's RK3066 chip is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with clock speeds up to 1.6 GHz. The processor is popular with Chinese tablet makers, and a growing number of USB thumb drive-sized mini computers and TV dongles (such as the UG802 and MK802 III) use the RK3066 processor.

  • Linux on ARMMK802 is a popular ARM based super micro computer which can plug directly into any HDMI output for an on the go media player, internet browser, game machine or for general use. It features 1.0GHz Cortex-A8 CPU and 500MHz GPU, 1GB DDR3 memory and 4GB flash storage. The stock Android can be replaced with Ubuntu Linux.

  • Linux on ARMThe folks at Rikomagic UK sell a mini PC called the MK802 which can run Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or a range of other operating systems. It features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor and HDMI and USB ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.


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