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Old 11-30-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Behind the times

Hello everyone

In need of a little help or advise

I have a notepad/netbook and would like to install a light linux OS

I don't even know if this is doable I can't open bios, It will not read the yumi pendrive file and when i attach the devise to the laptop it has trouble reading the files.

I admit i may be barking up the wrong tree as i have no idea on how a notebook/netpad differs from a laptop.

I can understand a few things but behind tecnology at the moment.

Android 4.2 1089 Netbook WM8880 Dual Core 1.5GHz with 10.1 inch WSVGA Screen WIFI HDMI TF 1GB RAM 8GB ROM

OS Android jellybean 4.2.1

If you need anymore please ask and tell me what you want me to do.

kind regards

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It probably is doable. However, Arm Cortex devices work differently to Intell/AMD based devices and changing the OS on them is not trivial.
You would need an Arm based distro that is compiled for the device in question and then you would need some way to get that image into the main storage device. (usually a flash rom embedded on the board.)

This is not a project for a newbie. I, certainly, would not try it myself.
I did a brief search and I couldn't find any evidence of anyone installing a different OS to that device. Based on that I'd say it's probably not feasible at this time.
Old 12-02-2014, 02:06 AM   #3
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well your time is much appreciated

Will leve it for now but could you please tell me what Linux OS would work on ARM ?

Also would it be possible to get the devise to boot from a diffrent plugged in storage devise or will I face the same problem with incompatible file type

side note can i emulate by any means ?

Sorry if I seem to be asking silly quetions
Old 12-02-2014, 04:52 AM   #4
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The issue is that all the software in the distro must be compiled for Arm architecture. There are several distros that are specifically available for Arm, however, they are intended for diy boards that are either easily flashed or will boot from removable devices. ( Raspberry Pi, Beagle Board etc.)
None of these will run as-is on a device it wasn't made for though.

Some of these distros have been compiled to run on certain popular consumer product like the Arm based Chrome book. Again, the actual method for getting the firmware onto the device is very specific to each device. This is not to difficult if someone has already done all the ground work, but it's quite a technical process to do from scratch. (and usually results in few bricked devices in the early attempts.)

If your device does support booting off a flash drive or SD card, then you can try any of the popular Arm distros. At least that approach shouldn't interfere with the built-in firmware and is relatively safe to experiment with.
This post provides an overview of consumer devices known to work with various Linux distros that have been compiled for Arm.

I'm really not certain which distro image would be the best to try so you would have to just search the Internet for Arm based distros and see if you can find something that works.
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An internet search for "Linux WM8880 netbook" showed that people have installed Debian and Arch, but it seems complicated. (I have enough trouble installing Arch on an ordinary computer!)


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