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#1 steev

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:18 AM

Originally posted here: http://www.flashmyan...-3-Ubuntu-11-10

Standard disclaimer: Use at your own risk

This dual-boot image includes Elvish 0.3 and Ubuntu 12.04.
The Ubuntu system is a minimal install with LXDE, Chromium web browser, and Wicd for network management.

A USB keyboard is required for Ubuntu (This one is nice)

Downloads:
Version 0.2:
https://docs.google....UXhOOTRlako4T28
md5: 11cb0cefe0b69df83d7ad41f3cc8eeeb

mirror: http://www.mediafire...c9zdkqbjde0d6yu

Changes:
-Upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 ARM hard float binaries
-Changed CPU governor to fantasy
-New login:
Username: ubuntu
Password: ubuntu

Minor issue, Wicd network manager doesn't automatically detect the wireless interface for some reason.

Fix:
-Open Wicd
-Go to preferences
-In the Wireless interface box type "wlan0"

Version 0.1:
ATF: (having problems uploading, I'll try again later)
Google drive mirror: https://docs.google....NUNGcjdNZUE4bzQ
Minus.com mirror: http://minus.com/moKoHcgq3/1f
Mediafire mirror by Dave S:

Novo 7 Elf Dual-Boot Elvish 0.3/Ubuntu 11.10

Mirror Download Links:

http://www.mediafire...29s42gmh6botqo3
http://www.mediafire...77a3pzfpe79cpbl
http://www.mediafire...fu2uazy0mny6b30
http://www.mediafire...b84vut2azaba5tx

Please download all four files into a folder; Then right click on the zip file and select extract.
The extracted file includes the firmware image. Follow the OP for installation instruction.
Don't forget to thank the Developer of this great release :unconscious:

Dave


Install with LiveSuite (http://www.flashmyan...eSuitPack_v1-07), make sure to force format.


Booting secondary OS (Ubuntu):

  • Make sure the tablet is turned off
    Press and hold the Power+Back keys until you see the screen light up (usually takes about 20 seconds on my tablet)
  • When you get to the log in screen, click "more" and type:
  • User: ubuntu
  • Password: ubuntu

ICS boots by default


Thanks:
FMA, ainolmodder, Dave S, nikita_niki, Dansplans, Matt, and Tom Cubie

The procedure to restore your tablet to a single-boot is here:
http://www.flashmyan...oms-for-the-Elf

See also:
http://rhombus-tech....the_mele_a1000/
http://rhombus-tech...._a10/a10_image/

Edited by steev, 30 April 2012 - 04:06 PM.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:19 AM

Ubuntu on Elf current status

Working:

Touch screen (no multi-touch)
USB devices (keyboard, mouse tested)
Wifi
Sound
Microphone
HDMI output (with script.bin mod) edit: HDMI sound does not
Probably other things

Not working:
Video acceleration (waiting for Mali xorg driver, even without this LXDE is quite usable and I am pleased with the performance)
Lxbattery monitor (always says low battery, haven't tried any others yet)
Update: For now you can use this to check your battery status:
cat /sys/class/power_supply/battery/capacity
Standby (or maybe it does but I don't know how to wake it up)
Probably other things

To improve responsiveness (at the cost of battery life):
-Open the terminal (Menu>Accessories>Lxterminal)
-Type:
echo fantasy > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor

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Edited by steev, 26 April 2012 - 10:38 AM.

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#3 cphilip

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:40 AM

Steev,

This is nice! I don't suppose that there is any chance it can run Libreoffice presentation for editing powerpoint slides, is there? I mean this is probably not the full desktop ubuntu, but the mobile version of ubuntu, isn't it?

It would be really great if it can handle Libreoffice suites, especially its powerpoint (presentation)!

Hope to be pleasantly surprised! Then no need to bring notebook pc outside the home anymore. :) :)
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#4 steev

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:07 AM

Steev,

This is nice! I don't suppose that there is any chance it can run Libreoffice presentation for editing powerpoint slides, is there? I mean this is probably not the full desktop ubuntu, but the mobile version of ubuntu, isn't it?

It would be really great if it can handle Libreoffice suites, especially its powerpoint (presentation)!

Hope to be pleasantly surprised! Then no need to bring notebook pc outside the home anymore. :) :)


This is full desktop Ubuntu and should run Libreoffice fine. :)

But you might not be able to fit the whole libreoffice suite.

There is only 1 GB of space available to Ubuntu because LiveSuite seems to have problems with larger images.
I am trying to work around it.

I will try installing libreoffice-impress and let you know if it fits.

edit2:

I installed with:
apt-get install libreoffice-impress
apt-get clean # deletes downloaded debs

It fits, with 215MB of free space left after installation.

Edited by steev, 26 April 2012 - 06:35 AM.

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#5 cphilip

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:28 AM

Thanks Steev,

Great and pleasantly surprised that this is the full ubuntu. Will Libreoffice impress run ..edit slides? Amazing! I never imagined that the arm based processor can run the full ubuntu. This is good news.
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#6 steev

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

Yes, impress can run and edit slides.

Performance is not quite as good as a normal PC, but still very usable to me.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:36 AM

Yes, impress can run and edit slides.

Performance is not quite as good as a normal PC, but still very usable to me.


This looks really good. But I'm wondering if there are plans to support Ubuntu 12.04 that came out this week -- a supported variant called Kubuntu Active is explicitly designed to be tablet friendly.




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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:23 AM

This looks really good. But I'm wondering if there are plans to support Ubuntu 12.04 that came out this week -- a supported variant called Kubuntu Active is explicitly designed to be tablet friendly.


I believe that Steev is working on version 2 with 12.04
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:03 AM

Hi to all guys there,

is CWM package for this ROM.
is that possible?

Or is possible after install it, to change the recovery to CWM ?


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#10 steev

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:26 PM

I believe that Steev is working on version 2 with 12.04


I am working on a 12.04 version with ARM hard float binaries which might improve performance.

Plasma active, I do want to try it.
Not sure if it will run very well without HW acceleration though.

Edited by steev, 28 April 2012 - 12:16 AM.

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#11 steev

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:03 AM

Hi to all guys there,

is CWM package for this ROM.
is that possible?

Or is possible after install it, to change the recovery to CWM ?


BR


CWM is installed as part of Elvish 0.3, but the only way to boot into it is with reboot-recovery.sh since Ubuntu takes over the Recovery key.
It's probably not very useful on this dual-boot ROM anyway, I kind of broke it by changing the partition layout.
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#12 lieu truong khanh

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:37 AM

I've try it, but I don't have usb keybroad, so I cannot login ubuntu

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:21 AM

I will definitely try this when I get a USB keyboard..
Nice job...

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:51 PM

It is possible to make Ubuntu image with virtual keyboard that will not need a USB keyboard? like ubuntu 8.04 for HTC HD2 Leo

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 02:47 AM

It is possible to make Ubuntu image with virtual keyboard that will not need a USB keyboard? like ubuntu 8.04 for HTC HD2 Leo

There are some tricks I did (they only seem to work on 0.1 tho).

For the onscreen keyboard try Onboard (sudo apt-get install onboard), it's a bit laggy but useable. (doesn't seem to work on v0.2)

For the login screen you just need to enable auto-login. (Again, couldn't get it to work on 0.2 even with the autologin account specified as ubuntu)

Open up /etc/lxdm/default.conf and up top where it says autologin=dgod change it to autologin=root and remove the # before that line.
This way LXDM will automatically log you in, so you won't need a keyboard to log in :)

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:03 AM

If you mount /usr and maybe /home on your extsd then you can install far more applications and features.

Make sure you have ssh server going to fix any problems causing you to not be able to log in.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 03:10 PM

+1 for ssh.

Installing programs via ssh is the best way for me, since I don't have any extra USB keyboards.
I am thinking of buying that keyboard case posted in the OP though.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:54 PM

http://www.linaro.or...-12-01-release/
This software has mali400 gpu drivers in it and is based on ubuntu, you could maybe try to download the Snowball firmware and use the drivers from it :p
Closely following this thread, always wanted native ubuntu on my tablet :D

Oh and if you can get working gpu drivers from that firmware then the drivers from the following tablet will help for sure: http://www.omgubuntu...open-next-week/

Edited by seahorsepip, 08 May 2012 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:15 PM

What about using a external virtual image for the system data?, those could be bigger then 1gb atleast. like you are able to on usb installations of ubuntu, that would make it poossible to let the kernel mount extsd and load then the image :p

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:55 PM

How are you booting Ubuntu? Using uboot?

It would be better to boot from the external SD. Also updating, modifying, etc, would be easier.




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