How hard is it to get Linux on this machine?
rexa at xeratech.com
Sun Jun 6 09:48:02 EDT 2010
for that SOC, a version of linux is here, along with links to datasheets,
and supporting docs
On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 3:10 AM, Martin Guy <martinwguy at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Tom Watson <sdc695 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > I was "prospecting" around on eBay and saw this:
> > >
> > > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230483095874
> > >
> > > It is an ARM based "netbook" that looks REAL CHEAP. My big question
> is the problems that might be encountered in making Linux function on this
> item. Not having bought one of these yet, I ask the question here.
> > >
> > > Is there any hope, or should I just gracefully walk away with
> knowledge that the task is not worth the trouble.
> > >
> > Well, until you figure out the processor within it, the developer manual
> > that processor, and the components/board schematics such things (some
> > can be guessed actually, but do requires experience).
> > Well, maybe it's already supported, we just don't know that :-)
> Two minute's googling...
> it's based in the VIA-8500 System On Chip, with an ARM-9 series CPU at
> 1.86GHz and 128MB RAM, running Windows CE.
> The machine parameters are fine for a Linux=based system, but there is
> currently no mention of this system-on-chip device in the linux
> kernel, so at the moment you'd be writing all its device drivers
> Mind you, at 73$ someone will probablu rise to the challenge
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