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***UPDATE***
Files located at the bottom of the post.


Ubuntu runs fairly nice on the GTab. Find a video below to see it boot. Performance is not as smooth as Android, but I've already narrowed down some kernel tweaks to speed it up.

What works:
USB Devices
Wifi
Video (not accelerated)
Internal/external storage

What doesn't work (yet):
Touchscreen
Softkeys
Volume/Power buttons
Accelerometer
Camera
Audio (pulseaudio hangs, haven't investigated)


To get it working, I used a custom kernel with added support for various drivers, but otherwise pretty much the stock VS kernel. It gets the rootfs from the micro SD card, so it only requires a boot.img flash (so it doesn't destroy any user data or the Android system partition).



Youtube video of my gtab booting into Ubuntu


***Instructions:
Using linux (via an existing install, or a LiveCD), format a 4GB or larger micro SD card as ext3, and untar the karmic-rootfs on it.

Code:
cd /media/sdcard
tar -xzvf /home/user/Desktop/karmic-rootfs.tar.gz
Install the boot-karmic update zip via ClockworkMod Recovery. ***MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP boot update.zip (or grab one from Clemsyn's Kernel Corner)***

Insert the sd card and boot. You will see some yellowish/gold colored text quickly scrolling across the screen - this is normal. This should boot straight to a GDM login screen.

User=gtab Password=gtab

Wireless will work with wicd (not NetworkManager), and you should use a USB hub with a USB keyboard & mouse.


Karmic rootfs tarball (1.1GB)

Karmic kernel update.zip
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Will you be creating a Rom from this? If so fantastic!
 
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Knew this was just a matter of time...

I'll throw all sorts of support behind this... a stable, fast ubuntu build for this tablet which just push things SO far over the top. Especially since we have that nice usable USB port!
 
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Ubuntu runs fairly nice on the GTab. Find a video below to see it boot. Performance is not as smooth as Android, but I've already narrowed down some kernel tweaks to speed it up.

What works:
USB Devices
Wifi
Video (not accelerated)
Internal/external storage

What doesn't work (yet):
Touchscreen
Softkeys
Volume/Power buttons
Accelerometer
Camera


To get it working, I used a custom kernel with added support for various drivers, but otherwise pretty much the stock VS kernel. It gets the rootfs from the micro SD card, so it only requires a boot.img flash (so it doesnt destry any user data or the Android system partition).



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbLkdvpZVEo
Awesome work. Getting 10.10 working with the Unity interface would actually get me very excited.

I'm sure the touchscreen drivers can be retrofitted into something useful - the drivers themselves are pretty straightforward, I guess they'd need to be made to work with X?

The only concern in terms of making it really usable is getting accelerate X11 support. I found this post which is a bit concerning:
http://tegradeveloper.nvidia.com/teg...debian-tegra-2

However, I'm guessing we could always use an older X11 that will work with the supported driver ABI?
 
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This thing just gets better
hope the xoom isn't locked down
 
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Default xbmc

Add xbmc to the rom and you'd have a winner.
 
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WOW! Nice work!

But now you got me all worked up....

....Must....have.....ubuntuuuu....................
 
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I had no clue what Ubuntu was until a Google search.. looks really awesome. It could potentially make this into a thin touchscreen netbook with all the features of a PC.

Keep up the work!

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