Running Lucid Ubuntu on Mele A1000

This is very exciting! I have got Ubuntu running on my Mele A1000.

Tom posted a video, see my earlier blog post:

To save me the hassle of cross-compiling u-boot, kernel and installing Ubuntu on an SD card, Tom uploaded his own SD card image. This made it so easy -- I just used 'dd' to copy the image to the card, plugged the card into the Mele and turned it on.

For anyone else who has a Mele and wants the SD image, see the 'arm-netbook' mail list:

The image is 2GB compressed, and uncompressed is 4008706048 bytes. You need a 4GB SD card that has that many or more bytes capability -- some are a bit less -- run 'disktype' on it to find out.

I did find that the compressed image can be made smaller, I got 931MB, but we haven't uploaded a smaller one yet.

We currently don't know what Tom set the root password to, but I just edited /etc/shadow and inserted the "woofwoof" password from my Puppy system.

No GPU acceleration yet, but I am surprised how snappy the responsiveness is. Tom's image has a lot of apps, including OpenOffice. Also gcc compiler stuff, so it is ready for me to compile. Good, I will start creating some ARM PETs -- such as that gtkdialog PET that Lobster wants

But first, I have to go out today and buy a USB keyboard. For now, I am using it with mouse only.

Sound works. Video is set to 1920x720 (720p) 50Hz, I have to find out how to change that.

Anyway, having fun!

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 4:48


Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 8:01 by BarryK
Root password
Alejandro on the arm-netbook mail list has posted that the root password is "ubuntu".

Note that the login window shows "Ubuntu system administrator" however that is not root, it is a user named "ubuntu" and has less privileges than root.

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 14:06 by Steev
Disk image size
I noticed like 412MB of deb package in the apt cache (/var/cache/apt/archives).

'apt-get clean' will remove them

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 14:17 by aarf
wget-torrent arm port.
for the sizes mention you are going to have to go with or also include a torrent because a wget failure of md5sum will be devastation. then if need be it is possible to recover a bad wget with the torrent. have posted howto before.

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 17:12 by Rooey
cheap usb keyboard
I lashed out $8 for a usb keyboard a prolly 2yrs ago at the reject shop. The usb optical mouse cost me $10

Posted on 25 Apr 2012, 2:14 by tret
small image
Can't wait untill you share a 2gb image..

Posted on 24 May 2012, 7:43 by Justin
I feel silly asking this, but has there been any progress in figuring out how to change the resolution? My TV is none too happy with the defaults :)

Thanks for letting us know about this info!

Posted on 26 May 2012, 3:25 by Ted Dog
Mele tools

Thread supporting Mele settings files & tools.