Linux distributions that can run on an MK802 Mini PC

Here are some of the Linux distributions that are currently available for the MK802.

Miniand Lubuntu 12.04 – This is a version of Ubuntu 12.04 with the light-weight LXDE desktop interface. It also includes the DroidMote server, which means you can install DroidMote Client on your Android phone or tablet to use it as a remote control for Ubuntu.

Miniand Ubuntu 12.04 and Xubuntu 12.04 – You can also find builds using the default Ubuntu 12.04 Unity desktop environment and the light-weight Xfce environment. Neither of these builds includes DroidMote yet, but you can download and install the server app manually.

Toby Corkindale’s Linaro 12.06 armhf build – This version of Ubuntu uses technology that should speed up performance on the Allwinner A10 chip. The installation instructions are a little more complicated, though.

Rikomagic Lubuntu 12.04 – This build includes a number of tweaks including a fix for WiFi performance, a working Chromium web browser, and the ability to access the MK802′s internal storage.

Puppy Linux – Puppy is a light-weight operating system designed to run well on older computers with slow processors and small amounts of storage and memory. I found that a version for the Mele A1000 set-top-box works pretty well on the MK802.

Fedora 17 – Fedora is probably one of the most popular Linux distributions that’s not based on Ubuntu or Debian. Now it’s also available for the MK802.

Bodhi Linux – Bodhi is a light-weight OS based on Ubuntu with support for desktops, notebooks, tablets, and more. It uses the Enlightenment E17 desktop environment.

You can load any of these operating systems on a microSD card following our instructions for preparing an Ubuntu 10.04 installation. Just use the disk image for your operating system instead of Ubuntu 10.04.



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