PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clicks

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PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clicks

Postby aloksinha2001 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:23 am

Team,

Close on the heals of release of 4.4.3, we are happy to present PicUntu 4.5-nand-BasicGUI, A complete Linux distribution all images (yes kernel, system, boot et all) AND the installer. The zipped file and a few clicks, will be all it takes, to get your own PicUntu.

Link to the files.

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PicUntu 4.5 Basic Installer kit aims to make the installation, configuration and operations easy and convenient for end user to be able to use it, without worrying about the technology behind it.
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All this packed in less than 247 MB !! - that's PicUntu 4.5-NAND-BasicGUI-kit

What does it do?
One click (actually 4 ) install of PicUntu on Android stick.


Who is it for?
Home use, multimedia users, small servers, linux desktops, linux webservers (http://picuntu.g8.net is a web-server running on PicUntu 2.2 since Feb 2013)
In addition to the home users for the multi-media PicUntu-4.5 is the first business device that works out-of-the box for business users as well.
It is snappy, fast and robust.

What device is it for ?
This is optimized for MK802IV, but will work for many other 3188 devices (though I have yet to test them). Will be releasing kernels for other devices soon.

*** EDIT Oct 12th *** Important for MK802IV 16gb owners.

I found out that the Mk802IV 16 gb model used to fail every-time I was trying to flash it. This was observed by other folks too. Thanks to the awesome work by Milkboy, we now have a fix for it.

Very peculiarly the 16GB model fails to flash, if you are using the Rockchip 1.20 bootloader version, you have to use Rockchip 1.24 bootloader version.

You can find the Rockchip 1.24 bootloader here.

So, after you unzip the PicUntu 4.5 Nand zip file, make sure, you replace the included Rockchip bootloader 1.20 with the 1.24 version, and then flash.

*** Edit End ***



What does it have?
It has PicUntu 4.5 - kernels, boot, system file, with basic GUI.
It is based on Ubuntu 13.04, with xfce4.
I have added support for more than 200+ drivers, it should be a breeze to connect peripherals to this. If not, let me know with a pointer to source and I will try to get the driver compiled.
File system support - nfs, ntfs, cramfs, cifsutils, smb... - several remote controls, external usb ethernet, external usb wifi, vpn, pptp, vtun, Serial port - FTD, usb serial, UART, GPS-Garmin, sound card, touch screen... and many more (more than 200.)
Built in RDP application - run it like a powerful and hybrid thin client - to run and access Windows/Linux/Other OS.
Lot of tweaking has been done on the system level to make it responsive and blazing fast - Give it a spin, you would see the difference yourself.
Sound/Video work off the first boot.
Wlan0 should be pre-loaded, just click on the wicd-network to configure for your network.

*** WARNING ***
This package deletes all data from the your device. Your ANDROID will be gone !!
MOST manufacturers will void their warranty, if you flash un-authorized ROMs
I have heard of people bricking their device permanently, though I have yet to witness this.
So please be careful, you would be responsible for your own loss - or loads of fun.
*** WARNING ****

How do I install this?
1. Use Windows machine, Download picuntu-4.5-nand-complete.zip. Unzip at any location.
2. Click on rk_flash_1.37--> RKAndroidtool.exe
3. At this time you need to get the device in bootloader mode. Use a pin to press the button on the device (this is explained on the forums) or run reboot bootloader in android.
4. On your windows PC, when the application is launched, you should see at the bottom - "Device Found for Flashing"
5. ** If you get that message go ahead, if not go back to step 5 and 6 till you get the message "Device Found for Flashing" ***
6. Make sure that the following options are CHECKED
1. binloader
2. parameter
3. kernel
4. boot
5. system
Basically the following have to be UNCECKED (NOT SELECTED)
1. misc
2. recovery
3. backup
4. (I don't yet know how to configure the flashtool, once I do, step 7 can be eliminated - if some kind soul can share with me - I will be obliged)
8. First Erase NAND
9. Select Flash ROM

The device should now boot into a fresh new PicUntu.

* IMPORTANT NOTE * - The first boot
    The first time, it boots, it will take a while to come up... lot of work goes on , filesystem is resized, wifi module is modprobed. and other minor optimization. It might even appear to have stalled, wait for it to come back. It will come back.
    If it does not boot into the GUI the first time - after having waited for about 3-5 minutes.
    When it boots the login id is "picuntu", the password is "12qwaszx" - PLEASE CHANGE IT.
    Reboot the device. This time it should be faster.

What does not work (yet)
- Hardware video acceleration
- Bluetooth.
- My Lenovo Touchscreen :-(

Some key people who deserve credit for this work
- mmm123 (for sharing his learning)
- leolas (always eager to help)
- linuxium (for the nand configuration file, partition schema, rkwifi.ko insertion.. and many more things...)
- Galland - (for his nice work on framebuffers, video and basically everything hardware)
- Omegamoon and Astralix have been instrumental in getting the PicUntu going on the 3188 devices. Including the latest 3.0.72+ sources, which is available for use on his github.
- I used Finless ROMs parameter files and his postings to learn about the basics of boot.img
- I used rk3xxmodtools to zip/unzip create boot image files... (have a shell script file now).
- Borrowed from several users on the forums - the small tips of things they have solved various issues - from time, to sound, to many other...
- Andrew Kirby, Perry Kivolowitz have been extra-ordinarily generous with their support by sponsoring development devices. Many devices were received.
- Several people have contributed for documenting
- many more who I may have missed above, but their work deserves accolades.

Source + .Config
The source used is from the original Linux3188 source code released - this is where it is https://github.com/aloksinha2001/Linux3188
All kernels, I create have /proc/config.gz enabled, just use any of the devices to use the same for your own kernels. (Not this one -I missed updated the kernel - the config file has been posted on the github.)

Linux users

Can you use Linux to flash this into your stick. You can theoritically flash the images - boot, kernel, system at the respective places using Linux desktop. There are also some very awesome tools created by linuxerwang, galland that help you flash the files.

However, for large file transfers, there is always a scope of errors to creep in. And hence, more often than not it fails. Perry was working on this, and he put in some checks at each write and read - but, I am not sure, if the final files have been working (specially for large files - system.img decompresses to 1.2Gb)

What happens, if I want my android back
Worry not, you can always switch back to andrioid, by flashing back the stock rom or the various - very nice android custom roms available across various forums. Ofcourse, you would have to let go of PicUntu.


7z
I have never been a fan of the LZMA format, even though I knew they give a higher compression settings... Tar/gz was working great for me. BUT... seeing others use this format, I wondered if it would give enough reasons for the shift. And sure enough, it shaved off about 25% of the file size in compression. (another learning from the forums). WinRAR will be a good option to uncompress this.

What's Next
Other devices to be supported - I am keen on R42, TronSmart T428, MK908, RADXA..
Release a 'full' gui version, with complete processing world - gimp, libreoffice, media players, editors etc. Even now, you can manually do this by add the specific applications.
Release a 'server' version to run headless. You can pretty much install any server even today (available from Ubuntu 13.04) repos. We will make it pre-loaded and pre-configured.
More drivers.
But most importantly, we would continue to make it more and more simple for the end user.
Last edited by aloksinha2001 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:40 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby BlackMamba » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:49 pm

Maybe I'm just blind, but I can't find the download link ...

Thanks for your efforts. You're really doing an awesome job!
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby bresanu » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:03 pm

Hi all there..
First I want to thanks you for your work on this..

My problem is I can not find any download links?
Did I miss something?

Thanks.
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby linuxerwang » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:11 am

It established a new milestone, best Picuntu version ever! Thank you, Alok.

Btw, can you please provide the kernel config file?
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby linuxerwang » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:13 am

linuxerwang wrote:It established a new milestone, best Picuntu version ever! Thank you, Alok.

Btw, can you please provide the kernel config file?



Never mind, /proc/config.gz
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby linuxerwang » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:02 am

linuxerwang wrote:
linuxerwang wrote:It established a new milestone, best Picuntu version ever! Thank you, Alok.

Btw, can you please provide the kernel config file?



Never mind, /proc/config.gz



Hmm, weird. I thought I saw the file but actually not. Alok, how can we find that file. I even did a "find / | grep config.gz" and can't find it.
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby raveefazal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:28 am

this is brilliant! now... whats the password? :?:
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby raveefazal » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:33 am

brilliant! now... whats the password? :?:
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby wiiguy » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:52 am

there is no way to boot picbuntu from a micro sd ?
since i still want to keep my android on it aswell :p
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Re: PicUntu-4.5-nand-BasicGUI installer - One file, few clic

Postby aloksinha2001 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:49 pm

Ofcourse there is... read this post....

In this post, you get to keep your ANDROID and PicUntu.
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5135

I am also working on getting both PicUntu and Android on the same internal flash disk and be able to switch between the two... but thats some time away. Right now got to get PicUntu working on more devices. Linuxium is doing good some work on getting both the systems onto the system. Check out his posts on this forum.

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