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Thread: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by abrasive View Post
    For those of you with the VT8505/WM8505 based netbooks, I've rolled up a Debian system around the Android kernel that was released, with drivers or userland tools for everything.
    It adds a few things (like a framebuffer console); it will run from SD alone, or if you wish, install to the device NAND.

    X11 is not included to keep the download size down, but it's pretty quick to add with apt-get (figure another 25MB or so of downloadables).

    You can find the filesystem tarballs and instructions at: http://bur.st/~abrasive/wm8505_linux/
    I tried the link and it is not working please help.

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sius071 View Post
    I tried the link and it is not working please help.
    its working for me.
    more stuff added today is conky via apt-get. after a bit of a config edit its working nicely within fluxbox to give me ram, cpu and network stats.

    may have time for more today but not likely.

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    Question Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by abrasive View Post
    Can you enter the console (just hit Enter) and grab the output of the following:
    Code:
     ls /dev/mmcblk0* 
    ls /mnt/mmcblk0*
    If you find your partition (eg. as mmcblk0p1) you should be able to
    Code:
     mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/sd 
    mount /dev/mtdblock9 /mnt/mtd 
    tar xzf /mnt/sd/extpart.tgz -C /mnt/mtd
    which will complete your install.
    This works perfectly!

    How can I install it to SD-card, keeping Android? (have been installing both of them lately...

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Hi again.
    I have just opened my netbook and seen such label on the biggest chip:
    ANYKA AK7802TQ21605 FS07L9.
    Is it VT8500 or something else?
    How can I install Linux on it or other OSs?
    When I boot it now, it doesn't complete the boot neither with live SD nor without it.
    What should I do?

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by celem View Post
    This machine has some oddities. There doesn't appear to be a BIOS ROM - thus booting from a unetbootin USB is impossible. The WINCE kernel must be directly loaded into the flash drive at the factory.
    Such things should be severly boycotted! Wondows is already forced onto most useres who have to pay for it without knowing. And know even after paying for it, you cannot get rid of it: to hell the windows ce bios!
    And forget xubuntu, this distro is a real failure. Its goal was to be a lighter ubuntu, but in fact it's just lamer and actually even bulkier in ram!! there's only one lightweight *buntu worth considering, and that's lubuntu.

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Anyone want to buy a broken one for parts? Seems my SD slot wasn't working (was going to load android) so I opened her up to see if the connection was ok. Put it back together and.. nada.

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    I tried several WM with abrasive's debian X11 and these are results.

    LXDE: Works fine. But extremly slow. Easy to use. One web browsing cause extreme delay.
    Xfce : Quite speedy. Default Web browser doesn't work
    IceWM: Very fast. Problem is I don't know how to use it.
    Fluxbox: Very fast. I totally naked.
    Gnome: Couldn't complete installation. (Gnome is too huge to install)
    KDE: Same problem.


    It seems Xfce is good for linux dummies. But I need to confirm it.

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaputnik View Post
    its working for me.
    more stuff added today is conky via apt-get. after a bit of a config edit its working nicely within fluxbox to give me ram, cpu and network stats.

    may have time for more today but not likely.
    weel dropped the net stats as they werent that important, but with midori and abiword open i get 71% of ram used which isnt bad considering i get 48% with just fluxbox running. redraw on screen is obviously going to be slow and rather obvious but its manageable if you pretend its 1994....

    wifi stuff next hopefully.
    Last edited by kaputnik; April 26th, 2010 at 12:52 PM.

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    I have a wince umpc with the wm-8505 processor and i'm trying to install abrasive's debian. every thing works until it reboots the it just sits there with the penguin on the screen with the progress bar running underneath... any ideas? i thought it may have been a bad download so i downloaded again and tried again and am getting the same result.... it's been going for about an hour now.... should it take this long?
    Processor Type: VIA ARM WM-8505
    Processor Speed: 300 MHz
    Screen Size: 7 inch
    Operating System: WindowsCE 6.0
    Memory (RAM): 128 MB
    Primary Drive: NAND Fast Flash
    Hard Drive Capacity: 2 GB

    Thanks,
    su8z3ro

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    Re: Linux on 7" mini netbook ARM-VT8500 ?

    I honestly think that adroid IS the best version of linux to use on these netbooks. It's extremely fast, and I can have multiple internet windows open while playing mp3s. It is very easy to get a terminal emulator runing and rooting android is quite easy. Because android is designed for something with this horrible of hardware, it runs better than any other distro with any other window manager. Just my $0.02.

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