I managed to install a version of debian (with gnome) on the A101.
Most of the things works but the wifi is not yet fully operational. I work on it right now.
Edit : Wifi activated, and patch for sound available
Here is the file rootfs.img into two parts. For now, the only version is in French but soon I will upload an English version.
Edit : Supports english, see wiki for instructions
For more informations visit http://www.debian-archos.com
I will check this thread if you have any question about my debian.
Links are here http://www.debian-archos.com/downloa...or-archos-gen8
Login : debian
password : debian
su password : debian
Added a tutorial on "How to create a rootfs.img" on my website