Picuntu home://io for RK3066 TV sticks makes installing Linux easy(ish)

Android TV sticks with Rockchip RK3066 dual-core processors available sell for as little as $42. But these little boxes let you turn a TV or monitor into a computer capable of running thousands of Android apps. Or if you really want to use an RK3066 stick as a computer you can install Ubuntu.

A custom version of Ubuntu called Picuntu has been under development for a while. It gives you a basic desktop Linux environment that you can use on a device like the UG802 or MK808 mini PC.

But if you’re looking for something a little more feature-packed, you can also try Picuntu home://io.

Picuntu home://io

The new home://io edition is based on Picuntu RC3 and includes initial support for hardware accelerated graphics using the RK3066 processor’s Mali 400 graphics.

But what really sets home://io apart from a default Picuntu installation are all the extra goodies that come with this version. Developer JustinTime4Tea has added a number of apps that let you quickly start using a TV box as a Linux-powered game console, web server, or all-purpose PC.

For instance, it includes:

  • PCSX Playstation emulator
  • Quake 3
  • DOSbox
  • GIMP image editor
  • Midori, Firefox, and Chromium web browsers with support for Flash
  • Email and chat apps
  • VLC and Amarok media players (among others)
  • LibreOffice

You can find a more detailed list of included software, as well as installation instructions at the SlateDroid forum.

Picuntu home://io

Picuntu home://io edition uses 6.7GB of disk space, so you’ll want to load it on a microSD card with at least 8GB of free space.

via ArcTablet

  • http://youtube.com/castaa Castaa

    LOVE these devices supporting HW accelerated Linux. Can’t wait for solid RK3188 (w/ 2 GB of RAM!) support. I believe those device could replace running Linux could replace a standard desktop PC for 80-90% of tasks.

    • toronado455

      I agree. Question remains… will there ever be a USA retail version sold by a major PC name brand? Or will these remain relegated to only no-name Chinese companies?

      • http://youtube.com/castaa Castaa

        I doubt it. The margins on these sticks are way too thin. Also look at the failure of Google TV.

      • David

        Yes the margins are thin. But I would pay a premium knowing I’m getting support, fast sure delivery, and a hope of timely OS upgrades – all of which currently does not exist in this space.

        As for GoogleTV. GoogleTV failed because it was – um – Google! Google already tracks me too much. I don’t want them watching me watching TV or running my PC.

        Perhaps what’s holding back take-up of these small machines in the mainstream is a lack of open graphics drivers?

      • Justin Gross

        BestBuy and Fred Meyers(Kroger) sell the MK808 in their retail stores but it’s marked up 20-30 bucks so if you’d like to pay more and get a best buy warranty be my guest :) what is it that your looking for in US thar you aren’t getting from the Chinese? In fact I’d venture to say %90 of the technology we get comes from China/Japan/Korea. Or at least is developed there first. I personally prefer non US companies. I live in US and rarely buy from US. If you know what your doing or have a forum to ask questions I don’t see any advantage buying from US over China. Also if you want American MK808 the Company SainSmart makes an SS808 which is same as beat buy exact same thing with there American logo and marked up 30 bucks. Not too mention outdated firmware :) I buy everyone I know cheap Chinese products just gotta know which ones to buy :)

      • Justin Gross

        These small machines ARE in the mainstream… if 1 million views on Linux on MK808 and my business thriving off converting cable buyers to internet TV goers saving them hundreds a month isn’t mainstream… we’ll I don’t know what is :) the MK808 has been out for a few years and yes may not have been mainstream when it was released but it is now. If best buy Fred Meyers and other chains are selling them I call that mainstream.
        as for support goes? I can personally vouche for JustinTime4Tea that he will give 100% free support on any issue anytime not too mention the over abundant support for these on forums like here and arctablet slatedroid and.xda. in fact I gauruntee you will get far more and far better support there And Here than any silly 1-800-no-one-knows-crap and oh here’s an extra $30-100+ for the warranty/premium tech support. Have you actually e’er called a tech support line? Waited as they read from their screen? Save you double the money too from having to buy “premium” goods. I own over 100 “not USA” devices and around 50 “made in USA” who wants to guess which work better?

      • Guest

        as for support goes? I can personaly vouche for JustinTime4Tea that he will give 100% free support on any issue anytime not too mention the over abundant support for these on forums like here and arctablet slatedroid and.xda. in fact I gauruntee you will get far more and far better support there And Here than any silly 1-800-no-one-knows-crap amd that eztra $100 warranty. Save you double the money too from having to buy “premium” goods. I own over 100 “not USA” devices and around 50 “made in USA” who wants to guess which work better? :)

      • toronado455

        Google TV seems to have only one raison d’être, and that is to counter Apple TV.

      • madjr

        well Rikomagic is from the UK I guess.

        and you can get these things on amazon, so am not sure for what a “USA retail version sold by a major PC name brand” would be for?

        do you want dell or hp to add a premium of $100 or $200 into these things ?

        Is like wanting one of these to also manufacturer and sell the raspberry PI. In that case forget about the $25 buck computer.

        I think they much prefer add these little cheap components into their “all-in-one’s” and charge you a nicerr amount.

      • http://youtube.com/castaa Castaa
    • Darren Enns

      Yea, especially for the newer ‘MK908′ quad core! I wonder if it will be fast and easy for the developer to include those devices?

    • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

      Definitely close to desktop-class

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahbyong Jeremiah Yong

    Will Ubuntu be made available with HW accelerated graphics on the newer quad core RK3166 2gb RAM mini pcs?

    • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

      Possibly.

      However, in a year we will have Ubuntu Touch released and that will work on top of Android’s gpu drivers. That time it will be much-much easier to port Ubuntu to a certain ARM hardware which already runs Android.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahbyong Jeremiah Yong

        but ubuntu touch can’t run desktop class apps..

      • madjr

        it will with the convergence.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahbyong Jeremiah Yong

        well that’s only when you connect it to a hdmi display right? but these hdmi sticks will already be plugged into a hdmi display so isn’t the “touch” part of ubuntu touch wasted?

      • madjr

        nope, you will be able to run most touch apps in desktop mode also.

        is like what they did with ubuntu for android, only this time everything will be much more seamless and integrated.

        The proper name for the full convergence is Unity-next. Touch is just for the phablet part.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahbyong Jeremiah Yong

        ah I see…

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahbyong Jeremiah Yong

        when will this be made available?

      • madjr
  • Cláudio Sampaio

    Just to add to the testimony, with UG802, I just replaced the linux root filesystem with this one and it worked – I had previously installed PicUntu RC2.2.

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