With thanks to the post from katleastudio on xda to get me started, I created a debian lxde rootfs.img that works with the angstrom kernel from SDE. I documented the steps which can be found in the wiki entry Debian gen8 . There is also a download available for the rootfs.
Note: I tested this on an A101IT , but it should also work on other gen8 devices. For devices with resistive touchscreen it will need an additional calibration tool.
Things that work on Debian:
- Video playback (no acceleration yet)
- Battery monitor
- Package manager
There is however still a lot to do like getting dsp, sgx , usb ports, bluetooth etc. It is just a nice image to play around with and get to know more about linux and your archos.
Below are some screenshots.