Installing a Linux Distro on an Android device is always an interesting prospect. The idea of having an operating system like Linux, which is meant for real computers but can be run on practically everything, brings even more functionality to a device than it had with just the stock software. Its small footprint and low spec requirements make it just as good for most Android devices as Android itself.
For those carrying the Archos Gen8, your Ubuntu goodness is right around the corner. XDA Forum Member CalcProgrammer1, who’s brought Linux to tablets before, has been working on a build of Ubuntu to fully work with the Archos Gen8. Unfortunately, there’s still a ways to go, but users can experience most of what handheld Linux has to offer with the first release. Despite some problems with the wireless drivers and the occasional bug here and there, the Linux experience on the Gen8 seems to be pretty complete as, at the very least, the essential functions all still work.
In the words of the developer:
The display is working and the touchscreen works as well (calibrated correctly as I copied my calibration from my 11.04 install). It boots into Unity 2D which is the default. I’m having issues getting the wl1271 wireless module up, I have had it running once but NetworkManager said device was not ready despite being able to iwlist scan and see a list of AP’s and then connect to them manually.
So while there is still a lot of work to be done, a lot of work has already been done and Gen8 users are very close to have a fully functional Ubuntu to play with.
Check out the modification thread for additional information, some really fun modifications, and download links.
Seems that we will keep doing this until manufacturer’s stop releasing devices every other week. In any case, we have (due to popular request) added 2 new forums to our ever growing site. The first one is for another variant of the Galaxy Series of devices. This time, it is the turn of the Samsung Continuum, which is a mid-high range device equipped with a 1 GHz processor and a few other goodies that puts it right in between the ranks of its older brother, the Fascinate. The second device is one that has been requested for a while due to its price and relatively good specs for a tablet. Archos decided sometime last year that it was time for them to get into the Tablet business, as they are taking on their success as a mobile electronics manufacturer. The Gen8 is a family of tablet devices equipped with Android, lightweight, and as previously stated with a much lighter price tag than most of its competitors.
Development is already under way for both of these devices, so don’t be late to the party if you already have them! Join us and let us know your thoughts or if you have something to offer to the community, we are always happy to receive contributions.
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