Former Writer · Dec 19, 2012 at 01:00 am

ArchLinux on the Transformer TF300T

Running Linux on Android is an old favorite. With newer and older projects ranging from full installations to the less involved chroot method, users on a large range of devices can run Linux. The only limits are what distros of Linux you can load. Mostly, it is Ubuntu or other Debian-based distros. Now, ASUS Transformer TF300T owners can install Arch.

The method has been around for a little bit, but has been refined through updates. XDA Forum Member cb22 released the method. Although it isn’t perfect, it’s definitely a solid start. Here is a list of things currently working:

Dual boot with Android.
Internal storage and MicroSD Card
X11, with compositing
Audio
Mouse and keyboard on the dock, as well as dock hotplugging.
Touchscreen
Playing videos (full 1080P works great.) using Xfce’s media player
Sensors (Light, compass, accelerometer, gyro). These are all exposed under sysfs.
Charging / Dock charging. This appears to be managed by the kernel.
USB gadget (as a RNDIS device for network access via USB)
CPU frequency scaling / Tegra LP core. The LP core is automatically used you can see its status in /sys/kernel/cluster/active (when that file reads LP) and its use is simply what the current CPU1 use appears to be.
WiFi, with NetworkManager
3G, on the TF300TG model, with NetworkManager
Battery (and dock) status in Xfce
USB port on the dock
Some sensible key remapping (Back -> Escape, Search -> Alt, Home -> Super)

The big things not working currently are rebooting from Linux, Bluetooth, and two finger scrolling. These also happen to be on the short list of things that are scheduled to be fixed. There is also a lot that is untested.

For installation instructions and more details, check out the original thread.


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Former Writer

Former Writer is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. View Former Writer's posts and articles here.
Jimmy McGee · May 5, 2015 at 06:00 am · 1 comment

Android System WebView Update – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Android Webview is a system component powered by Chrome that allows Android apps to display web content. Google released a security update for the pre-installed feature, but didn’t take effect on many AOSP based ROMs. However, there is no need to fear, an Xposed Module is here. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that enables the update on AOSP based ROMs. Xposed Developer PeterCxy created the WebViewGoogle module. TK shows off...

XDA NEWS
Emil Kako · May 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm · 4 comments

Who Is Your Favorite YouTuber That Covers Mobile?

There are dozens of talented YouTubers who cover mobile, but we want to know which ones are your favorite. Let us know who your favorite tech reviewers are and what makes them stand out compared to the others.

DISCUSS
Faiz Malkani · May 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm · 1 comment

Galaxy S6 Shipping with Different Camera Models

One of the Galaxy S6's most flaunted features is its spectacular camera, its 16MP with an f/1.9 aperture performing excellently in well-lit shots as well as low-light ones, with most reviews concluding that it trounces the camera on the iPhone 6 as well. However, all may not be right in Monde de la Samsung, as earlier today, XDA Member Bananaz came across a surprising detail about the shooter on the S6, and while the revelation is not necessary groundbreaking, it...

XDA NEWS
Share This