View Full Version : VIA' $49 PC running Ubuntu?

June 12th, 2012, 09:54 AM

Does anyone know if I'll be able to install Ubuntu on VIA Technologies' $49 Android barebones PC ? That would be SO nice :P



June 12th, 2012, 11:46 AM

The VIA APC has a ARM11, which has a ARMv6 architecture (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#ARM_cores).

The current Ubuntu targets the ARMv7 and above Application Processor family (Cortex A8, A9 and above). See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM#ARM_Processor

So that is a No Go.

Old Ubuntu versions supported older ARM architectures.
Debian does run on ARMv6 (like the RasPi).


June 12th, 2012, 12:26 PM
sanderj -> Thank you! That's kind of sad. I also didn't know the Rasbery Pie can't run Ubuntu :-/

June 12th, 2012, 01:31 PM
why sad? debian can do all the same stuff Ubuntu can. it's just maybe a bit more difficult to install.

June 12th, 2012, 01:57 PM
sanderj -> Thank you! That's kind of sad. I also didn't know the Rasbery Pie can't run Ubuntu :-/

Indeed. FWIW: I think Ubuntu/Canonical's focus is on a great user experience, thus requiring better CPU/GPU/RAM hardware.

However, it's strange and possibly questionable that VIA has chosen the ARMv6 CPU architecture for its APC. Why not an ARMv7 like the Cortex-A?

It's also strange and possibly questionable VIA has chosen Android 2.3 (designed for mobile phones) and not Android 4.0 (designed for phones and tablets / computers).

I really wonder whether the ARM11/ARMv6 can run Android 4.0 at all.

The VIA APC also has got only 512MB, which I consider too little for Ubuntu 12.04.

So I'm looking forward to an ARMv7 system with at least 1GB RAM. And especially a laptop (13 inch) would be very nice.