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  • Announcing the release of Complete PicUntu 4.4 Distribution

    Team,

    Very happy to announce the availability of the complete Linux distribution for PicUntu for 3188 quad core devices.
    No more tinkering with settings, downloads, drivers, partial things working... now download and use with assurance. As always, PicUntu is created for end users who can download and use the device without the need for technical knowhow (Yes, we are working on getting the installation simplified)


    This is based on 3.0.36+, and currently supports
    1. MK802IV - Pre July Version (8188eu)
    2. MK802IV - Post July versions (ap6210)
    For a short period, there were 8188etv based modules also - that has not been tested...
    3. Others coming soon.

    The distribution consists of two parts - Kernel and Root Filesystem.

    A typical user would need
    - PicUntu 4.4.3 - PostJul13 - 1080p
    - PicUntu - 4.4.3 - BasicGUI

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    As the needs and complexity of the system grows, we have to cater to different types as well..So here is a complete list of options that you can play with...
    So here are some of the options for Kernel
    - PicUntu 4.4.3 - Pre-Jul - 1080p
    - PicUntu 4.4.3 - Pre-Jul - 720p
    - PicUntu 4.4.3 - PostJul13 - 1080p - With AP6210, all devices shiped after Jul 13.
    - PicUntu 4.4.3 - PostJul - 720p - With AP6210, all devices shiped after Jul 13.

    Here are the options available for root filesystem
    - PicUntu - 4.4.3 - Skeleton
    - PicUntu - 4.4.3 - BasicGUI
    - PicUntu - 4.4.3 - Full - Coming soon...

    All files have working modules included in the root file system/kernel.

    How to install
    1. Start with making your option of
    - Kernel file
    - Root filesyste,
    2. Download them and save in a location on your system - lets assume /tmp/picuntu/
    3. Download a very nice tool on Linux by linuxerwang - rkflashkit. For windows User get rockchip flash tool 1.37

    4. Flashing the kernel
    - Connect USB cable to your PC (Linux/Windows)
    - Remove SDCard, any other power supply to MK802IV
    - Insert the pin into the MK802IV. While keeping it pressed, connect the other end of USB cable to the OTG port to bring it to bootloader mode. When in bootloader mode, the screen will turn blank.
    - Using either rkflashkit(Linux) or flashtool 1.37 (windows) flash the kernel (that you saved in /tmp/picuntu) into the RECOVERY partition
    - Reboot your device. (it will boot into android - which is ok)

    5. Making the rootfilesystem
    This is one of the most crucial steps and most of your problems that creep up, will be a result of the following steps not done properly
    For windows, there are solutions available to make the ext4 partition, I have not tried that yet. Your best bet is to download a live linux CD - like Mint 15 or something and do the above.
    - Take an SD Card, a usb stick, or even a hard disk
    - The capacity of this card/stick/harddisk is depending on what type of file system you want to use - Skeleton - 1Gb, Basic GUI - 2GB, Full - 4GB
    - Remember, the next steps will delete all items on this disk.
    - Using Gparted - create a partition -
    "Partition type: Primary",
    "File system: ext4"
    "Label : linuxroot"
    - Once the partition is made, take out the card and insert it back again. If you have a modern linux system, it should get mounted automatically. If not mount the drive. (Lets say you have mounted under /media/linuxroot)
    - Now, on the command line, (for Linux)
    Code:
          tar -xzf /tmp/picuntu/<name of the filesystem.tgz> -C /mnt/linuxroot
    Assuming your root file system was copied in /tmp/picuntu and your SD card is mounted under /mnt/linuxroot
    - Wait for the command to be completed
    - Type
    Code:
    sync
    - Wait for the command to be completed
    Code:
     umount /media/linuxroot
    - Wait for 4 seconds
    - Wait for 4 seconds
    - Wait for 4 seconds (yes, you get the idea)

    6. Booting up MK802IV
    - Now that you have the basics done.
    - insert the card. Remember, if you are using the USB memory stick, make sure you use a USB 2.0 compliant HUB)
    - Once you boot into the system - depending on the version you chose, you may go to GUI or use the text mode.
    - Irrespective - you can go to command line by pressing - CTL-ALT-F1 (to go back to GUI - ALT-F7 or ALT-F8)
    - At the command line, login as picuntu (passwd: 12qwaszx) CHANGE IT NOW.
    - Set root password
    Code:
      sudo passwd root
    Thats it you should be up and running. !!

    Modules included
    More than 180+ modules have been included. Notable of them are
    ntfs, sata, cramfs, nfs, cifs, 20+ remotecontrols, network ethernet drivers, IR controllers, GPS (several), Joystick, Touchscreen, bluetooth support etc. etc.

    What works
    - Almost everything that should work on a good modern Linux system.
    - Sound, Wifi etc.

    What still does not work.
    - MALI hardware (that does not mean you cannot play movies/video... you can)
    - Bluetooth - internal.

    MUST READ.
    This has been the result of the herculean joint efforts by OmegaMoon, Astralix, Galland, Linuxium, Self... - many others.. working tirelessly across the timezones (and life zones). Ever since the 3188 source came out, countless hours of members have been spent to get this thing together... and running on many many more things as well (such as 3.0.72 kernel, working on R42, MK908 etc etc). But, by and large, we have finally got this together.


    Not to forget the significant contribution of Sponsors (Perry Kivolowitz, Andrew Kirby, Alex) to provide us initial devices to the testing on...

    Please try it out and let us know of the issues that you face for us to fix or improve.

    What's next
    1. Kernels for other devices
    2. Bluetooth (hopefully)
    3. Mali - ofcourse
    4. Touch screen support for Lenovo 23" (I have this, it better run on this touch atleast )

    Well thats it, download and enjoy.

    Alok Sinha
    Last edited by aloksinha2001; 09-29-2013, 09:16.

  • #2
    wow!
    thank u!

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    • #3
      but not support 4 mk808?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by raze View Post
        but not support 4 mk808?
        Did u mean 808 or 908?

        Alok

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        • #5
          i mean 808 (RK3066)
          it is planned to support?

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          • #6
            So if mali 400 hw doesn't work i think the XBMC HW aceleration doesn't work right?

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            • #7
              wow
              Everything is possible if we work together!
              ApkFreak

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              • #8
                Re: Announcing the release of Complete PicUntu 4.4 Distribution

                Thanks a lot alok, great work!!!

                leolas
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                • #9
                  +1 Thanks a lot to dev team!!!
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                  - Overview BOX (LINK !)
                  - Overview STICK (Dongle) (LINK !)

                  MINIX NEO: Z64 W/A - (Intel Z3735F); X8-H Plus - (Amlogic S812H); A2 Lite (sponsored by minix.com.hk)
                  UGOOS UT3S (4/32GB with fan) - FW 2.0.6 - (RK3288) (sponsored by GearBest.com)
                  Tronsmart Draco AW80 Meta (2/16GB) - FW v2.0rc3 - (Allwinner A80) (sponsored by GeekBuying.com)
                  Beelink / UBOX R89 - FW 111k4110_1219 - (RK3288) (sponsored by Netxeon (Beelink))

                  RK3188: pcb => "CH001 1332 TN-BX09_V2.1" (K-R42 / CS918...) => wasser KK 1.0.3 (old rev)
                  Fly Mouse Mini Wireless Keyboard with 2 mode learning IR remote 'iPazzPort KP-810-16'

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                  • #10
                    Obviously not for mk908 yet?

                    Dear Alok,
                    These kernels are obviously not for mk908 due to different default screen (0 vs. 1), right?
                    Goran

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sevo1984 View Post
                      Dear Alok,
                      These kernels are obviously not for mk908 due to different default screen (0 vs. 1), right?
                      Goran
                      there seems to be more than that difference. i made the change in the config but still cannot get ubuntu working on it. by the way, i returned my qc802 for MK908

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by raze View Post
                        i mean 808 (RK3066)
                        it is planned to support?
                        Raze,

                        For 808, we already have PicUntu kernels available... it was so long ago that I dont even remember the kernel.

                        The Picuntu was ofcourse RC3.

                        Alok

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sevo1984 View Post
                          Dear Alok,
                          These kernels are obviously not for mk908 due to different default screen (0 vs. 1), right?
                          Goran
                          Both lcd0 and lcd1 have been enabled, but that does not make it usable for 908.

                          However, 908 you should try github source from Omegamoon - that has been updated. He has got it working, I have still not been able to get a kernel for my new 908 v3 . It seems, EVEN in v3 there are DIFFERENT products available... not yet sure what, but checking....

                          Alok

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by opengl1971 View Post
                            So if mali 400 hw doesn't work i think the XBMC HW aceleration doesn't work right?
                            Correct.

                            Alok

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                            • #15
                              Hi Alok.

                              Any option to boot in picuntu direcly, whitout pass Android ?

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