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VolksPC mini PC run Android and Debian Linux simultaneously

Tiny, low-powered PCs with ARM-based processors like the MK802 or Tronsmart Vega S89 usually ship with Android software that lets you stream videos, play games, or surf the web on a TV. But many of these little devices can also run other Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, or Fedora. Now the folks at VolksPC […]

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Picuntu 5.1 brings Ubuntu 14.04 to the MarsBoard RK3066 dev board

Picuntu is a custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed to run on devices with Rockchip processors. That effectively lets you turn a cheap Android TV box into a full-fledged PC capable of running desktop apps such as LibreOffice, GIMP and Firefox. Now the developer has released a new beta that’s based on recently-released Ubuntu 14.04. It’s […]

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Lilbits (6-21-2013): Petabyte optical discs, Google Reader replacements

A few years ago we started to see optical discs that could store as much as a terabyte of data, making a 50GB Blu-ray disc look like small potatoes. But new breakthroughs mean we could see DVD-sized discs that could hold up to 1000 times as much data. Whether anyone will buy those discs is […]

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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 […]

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PicUntu brings light-weight Linux to RK3066 mini PCs (MK808, UG802, etc)

There are a handful of inexpensive TV sticks with Rockchip RK3066 dual core processors available for around $50 to $70. While they’re designed to run Android apps on a TV, they can also run other operating systems. Now the first Ubuntu Linux-based OS is available for RK3066 mini computers including the MK808 and UG802. It’s […]

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Now you can install Ubuntu on the UG802, MK802 III, or other RK3066 mini PCs

Developer AndrewDB has been working to get Ubuntu Linux up and running on inexpensive mini computers with Rockchip RK3066 processors for the last few weeks. Now he’s released pre-alpha builds of Ubuntu 12.10 which you can install on the UG802, MK802 III, or MK808 mini computers. Update: There’s a new custom version of Ubuntu designed for RK3066 […]

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Developers porting Ubuntu Linux to devices with Rockchip RK3066 processors

Rockchip’s RK3066 chip is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with clock speeds up to 1.6 GHz. The processor is popular with Chinese tablet makers, and a growing number of USB thumb drive-sized mini computers and TV dongles (such as the UG802 and MK802 III) use the RK3066 processor. Most of those devices ship with Google […]

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MK802 III Mini PC: RK3066 dual core CPU and Android 4.1

There’s a bumper crop of thumb drive-sized TV boxes/computers this year. One of the most popular has been the MK802, both because it was one of the first to market, and also because its Allwinner A10 processor makes running Linux almost as easy as running Android (which is the operating system it ships with. In […]

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Kimdecent $72 Droid Stick T10 mini PC: Android 4.1 and a Rockchip RK3066 CPU

Kimdecent’s latest Android mini PC is a USB thumb drive-sized computer-on-a-stick with a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It’s called the Kimdecent Droid Stick T10, and you can pick one up from AliExpress for $72. This isn’t the first Android Mini PC we’ve […]

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Zero Devices Z2C: Mini PC with dual core Rockchip CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage

Zero Devices sells a range of miniature PCs designed to run Google Android, including small media center devices, in-car entertainment systems, and PC-on-a-stick style devices. The company’s next mini PC could be the most powerful yet. It’s called the Zero Devices Z2C, and it features a Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, 1GB of […]