Ubuntu for the GK802 mini PC: Now with hardware-accelerated graphics
The Zealz GK802 mini PC is a tiny computer that fits in the palm of your hand. It features a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
While the GK802 ships with Android and is designed to let you run Android apps on a TV, owners have been figuring out how to run Ubuntu Linux on the device for months.
Ubuntu for the GK802 is still very much a work in progress, but recently developers have added support for WiFi, hardware-accelerated graphics, and more.
Update: A pre-built image of Ubuntu 11.10 for the GK802 is now available for download.
What sets the GK802 apart from the dozens of similar Android TV sticks released over the past year is that Freescale processor. Unlike Rockchip, Allwinner, and most other chip makers, Freescale provides extensive documentation for its i.MX6 chips which developers have been using to enable features such as hardware-accelerated graphics.
While you can run Ubuntu on devices like the MK802 (with an Allwinner A10 chip) or the Minix Neo G4 (with a Rockchip RK3066), hardware-accelerated graphics has remained out of reach on those devices.
You can find more details on installing Ubuntu on a GK802 in a slightly out-of-date blog post at jas-hacks, or keep an eye on that blog for more details about installing newer builds.
The folks at the ArmTvTech forum also have a section dedicated to running Linux on the GK802.
The GK802 mini PC is available from GeekBuying for $94.