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Well, I might be just throwing my crazy idea here.===Debian can be installed on M001 (confirmed). It can be downloaded from here then following instruction:http://bento-linux.org/debianorhttp://bur.st/~abrasive/wm8505_linux/Readme for detail of installer: http://bur.st/~abrasive/wm8505_linux/1.0/READMEInstalled photo.http://livedoor.2.blogimg.jp/duponmid/imgs/e/6/e6ae659e.pngThough, since there is no keyboard, you get stack at login screen. However, it might be possible to pass by preset the "preconfiguration", according to tech docs.http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apbs04.html.en(or Google "debian" & "preconfiguration")Nevertheless, touch screen may not be working as is (unconfirmed), but WM9715 Linux driver is also available here.http://opensource.wolfsonmicro.com/node/7===Well, I'm not Linux engineer nor have enough experience of using Linux so I have no clue of how to migrate driver to the ROM, or such. Could anyone, who is super good at Linux, advice if it's possible or even give a shot if works?[Edit 1] Installed photo and Readme of installer had added.
 

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Not sure running Debian on the tablet is such a hot idea for anything other than the novelty factor, since it has a hard time with Android functions.Can debian be installed on a partition less than 2 gigs?
 

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[quote author=egghead79 link=topic=152.msg1280#msg1280 date=1274396614]Not sure running Debian on the tablet is such a hot idea for anything other than the novelty factor, since it has a hard time with Android functions.Can debian be installed on a partition less than 2 gigs?[/quote]Maybe something like LUBUNTU would fit better?
 

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[quote author=Radek link=topic=152.msg1281#msg1281 date=1274397012][quote author=egghead79 link=topic=152.msg1280#msg1280 date=1274396614]Not sure running Debian on the tablet is such a hot idea for anything other than the novelty factor, since it has a hard time with Android functions.Can debian be installed on a partition less than 2 gigs?[/quote]Maybe something like LUBUNTU would fit better?[/quote]I mentioned "Debian" because there is WonderMedia forum and it uses same CPU, WM8505 as M001, and already confirmed it installs (to SD I believe). Plus, touch driver is there, ported for debian, too. I really don't mind, actually, prefer to see any kind of Linux will be installed on M001, and more option will carry more fun!! Please share your experiment from anything!!
 

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Did it mention the CPU during the initialize? No one can agree or confirm what CPU these have. I have seen 300mhz, 205mhz, 533mhz, and 600mhz. I have seen it listed as MW8505, WM8505, VIA MW8505, VIA WM8505, VIA PRIZM WM8505, and VIA PRISM WM8505. I think it is actually a VIA PRIZM WM8505 at 600mhz (fingers crossed). The WM8505 was initially listed as 300Mhz, but I think multiple variations were made in a joint development effort between VIA and WonderMedia. Here is another device that uses the PRIZM platform, but has a 450mhz CPUhttp://www.gottabemobile.com/2009/01/08/via-subsidiary-wondermedia-introduces-prizm-smartbookSo I think 600mhz isn't out of the question. Now we just need someone to confirm it.
 

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[quote author=Taka link=topic=152.msg1282#msg1282 date=1274397281][quote author=egghead79 link=topic=152.msg1280#msg1280 date=1274396614]Not sure running Debian on the tablet is such a hot idea for anything other than the novelty factor, since it has a hard time with Android functions.Can debian be installed on a partition less than 2 gigs?[/quote]Installed photo.http://livedoor.2.blogimg.jp/duponmid/imgs/e/6/e6ae659e.png[/quote]Just a commandline environment? How does it run? According to wikipedia Debian recommends 256MB just to run commandline.Wonder if something like DamnSmallLinux could be adapted. It's been a long time, but I remember it using something crazy like 37MB sitting at the desktop.
 

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Unfortunately it looks like DSL may have ceased development, and it's x86 only anyway. Would have been perfect, though, since it can technically run on a 486 with 8MB of RAM.Looks like Lubuntu would be an improvement over Debian, it only needs 128MB though I don't know whether that's with or without a desktop.
 

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FYI: Here is the Readme of this Debian installerhttp://bur.st/~abrasive/wm8505_linux/1.0/README===WM8505 Debian - abrasive <[email protected]> april 2010Creating a bootable SD card: You need at least a 256MB card.1. Format the card with partitions: 1. FAT (32MB will do) 2. EXT2 (rest of the card)2. extract fatpart and extpart to the FAT and EXT2 partitions, resp.Card will boot to a text console, and won't touch any existing install (eg. WinCE).Handy notes:to reduce console spam on tty1, run dmesg -n 1to enable wifi, modprobe rt3070stato disable, rmmod rt3070sta(see also wi-on and wi-off scripts under 'useful')sound is untested in this releasethe kernel sets the system time from the RTC, but not vice versa; the driver interface is unknown configure the time with 'date' and use /sbin/wmt-rtc --sys2hwrelease includes apt-get, you should set up /etc/apt/sources.list for a local mirroryou may wish to mkdir /var/log/aptwpa_supplicant is included also.mtd(block)7 is a small (~300mb) flash partition; mtd9 is the rest of flash (~1.7gb)X11 works fine; if you have a large enough card. apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-fbdev xfonts-base xinitand your favourite wm.the package scripts get the X conf wrong, you need to add: Driver "fbdev"to the Device section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf(a working xorg.conf is under 'useful')
 

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[quote author=hilltopper06 link=topic=152.msg1290#msg1290 date=1274399607]Did it mention the CPU during the initialize? No one can agree or confirm what CPU these have. I have seen 300mhz, 205mhz, 533mhz, and 600mhz. I have seen it listed as MW8505, WM8505, VIA MW8505, VIA WM8505, VIA PRIZM WM8505, and VIA PRISM WM8505. I think it is actually a VIA PRIZM WM8505 at 600mhz (fingers crossed). The WM8505 was initially listed as 300Mhz, but I think multiple variations were made in a joint development effort between VIA and WonderMedia. Here is another device that uses the PRIZM platform, but has a 450mhz CPUhttp://www.gottabemobile.com/2009/01/08/via-subsidiary-wondermedia-introduces-prizm-smartbookSo I think 600mhz isn't out of the question. Now we just need someone to confirm it.[/quote]Yeah, this is actually a pretty important question as to what the device will eventually be capable of. 600mhz versus 300mhz might mean the difference between a purchase and a pass from me.
 

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exist a variety of distribtion of linux.ubuntu is the kernel of linux, but is more fast xubuntu, is the same kerner whit the xfe. more lightwear.exist others, is only whats you need.
 

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EDIT: Remember guys, this thing uses a standard USB bus inside for the wifi card. I've tested this and it really is JUST a USB connection. I'm going to hit Radioshack tomorrow and grab a junk usb connector to plug a keyboard into to work with this Debian thing.PRE-EDIT post:Okay here's the important part.THERES A RUNNING KERNEL.With that said, I'm going to check this out and build a kernel around what's been done. If I can get userland tools running... omg this is better than porn... Better than hookers!
 

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[quote author=Darexius link=topic=152.msg1304#msg1304 date=1274406239]THERES A RUNNING KERNEL.[/quote]Ok, but where is the kernel source?From the "Changelog":
Stuck together WM8505 kernel (from Android) and a debootstrap filesystem.
Which I interpret as taking the binary kernel from the android image (which we already have)...AFAIK it's not trivial to just take any android kernel and run on any device, you need to set up a board spec for the device, with platform drivers, atags, know memory mapped IO addresses (the same peripheral chip might be map somewhere else in memory on one device then the other), etc. It's not like in the X86 where almost everything is plug'n'play :-(
 

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Unfortunately it looks like DSL may have ceased development, and it's x86 only anyway. Would have been perfect, though, since it can technically run on a 486 with 8MB of RAM.Looks like Lubuntu would be an improvement over Debian, it only needs 128MB though I don't know whether that's with or without a desktop.
I would like to note that I've been a Gentoo'er since 1.2, although I won't proclaim to be any great greek god or anything in Linux. That's reserved for Linus himself.I boot to my window manager in 7 seconds with a 16mb footprint.Yes, I said that, and yes, I would be happy to share what I've done if you care to know. It's actually nothing new, just optimizing the crap out of my kernel in every way I can, prelinking all of my binaries, etc.Now, the reason why this is important is because with a 16mb footprint, we have a lot of extra space for "apps" to play with. The reason why this Debian install is a good step is because it allows us to interact with raw userspace that Android more or less prevents us from using. It allows us to user userland tools that we don't have available to us and can't port over because we can't compile the tools for it without knowing what we're working with. With this Debian install, we can figure out EXACTLY what hardware we're working with, can build the kernel for it, and optimize the kernel.That's why it's important.
 

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i agree!and remember, whith linux, we have a lot of program, and emulators,(mame, neogeo, snes, nes, gbadvance) to run. and a lot of games, ofice aplications, utilities etc.WOW. the ekes is fully customisable.android is only a modificated distribution of linux, very easy, but is only linux.
 

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First off I do not own the M001, but am seriously considering getting one. This is just an idea I had.Not sure if it would work, but you could try telling the built-in kernel to boot from SD card that contains another linux image. It would work like this:1. Create Ubuntu rootfs (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/RootfsFromScratch) and put it on SD2. Connect M001 Serial port to PC3. Connect USB keyboard (http://slatedroid.com/index.php?topic=149.0)4. Change kernel arguments via serial port/uboot to boot from SD Card.5. Hopefully you can login with USB Keyboard and have command line.Any takers? ;D
 

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DarexiusYes, I said that, and yes, I would be happy to share what I've done if you care to know. It's actually nothing new, just optimizing the crap out of my kernel in every way I can, prelinking all of my binaries, etc.Where are your work man?
 

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hi ahmedkom,i would like to see some experience and tips. I like the debian inside. Now i have it working and i am trying many window managers and desktop environments. I like lxde, but i experienced some little problems which i were unable to solve. Configuration problem on hal which prevents other configurations to be done, but lxde is working even without finished configuration.Are you compiling your own kernel? It would be possible to have wm9715 module compiled and to get touch panel to work.
 

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I found out that I'm not able to make dual boot with android inside device. I can boot debian from card when I have windows CE flashed to device, I can boot debian from card with debian inside device, but I am unable to boot debian from card when I have android inside. At boot time it blanks the screen and nothing happens after it. Does anybody have same problem? I would like to have android inside eken and debian ready to go from card.
 
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