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Old 04-08-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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Smile Install Linux distro on Tablet A31

Hi everybody!
I would like to know if there's someone that could help me to find a way to install a native linux distro (i.e. Debian) on my tablet 10 inch.
I know that Android it's linux based, but i would like to make a change and try that route, note also that it's not a new tablet and the last rom it's an Android 4.1.1, buggy and pretty old (touchscreen it seems also problematic, so in that way i can put mouse and keyboard and use it as a laptop).
The specs of the tablet it is:
- Quad core Allwinner A31 1.5GHz
- CPU Type ARMV7
- 10 inch 1280x800 resolution
- 2GB Ram
- 16GB ROM

Thanks in advance to those who will give me an help and sorry for my english (i'm not english mother tongue).
Old 04-08-2017, 11:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I can't find anyone who claims to have installed Linux on that tablet. According to the Debian web-site, the Linux kernel does support the A31, but they say that they haven't actually tried to install Debian on it. The Linux-Sunxi community support Linux on Allwinner devices, but not the A31. U-Boot supports it, but it looks complicated:

PS There's nothing wrong with your English! I'm actually trying to translate some Italian at the moment, and I wish I was as good. I tried Google translate, but that's worse than me.
Old 04-08-2017, 12:40 PM   #3
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Hey situz - buonasera.

Although I haven't tried it, the distro I use has a fork of sorts for ARM. I know you're shooting for Debian, but if you decide to try something else, here is the link:

Cheers and best of luck !


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