Ubuntu on the ClarionMIND MID

[DeadHP1] has been rolling and optimizing his own Ubuntu distributions for the ClarionMIND. He calls his work Mindbuntu and he’s squeezing out quite a bit of performance from the mobile Internet device. The video is running at 800×400, as well as wireless, sound, Google Earth with GPS support, and even compiz. Install the image using unetbootin to place it on a thumb drive and you’ll have Ubuntu 9.04 to go in no time.

[Thanks Bob]

[ClarionMIND Photo courtesy of Mobile Tech Review]

Comments

  1. Tom says:

    No 10.04 support?

  2. Sariel says:

    @Tom

    ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 although are similar have vast differences in the way it interacts with the hardware. Haven’t tried 10.04 yet, but I’m sure it just solidifies those differences even more.

  3. Paul Potter says:

    I’ve not heard of one of these devices before. Looks impressive.

  4. Jeff says:

    Very cool, but why not Android?

  5. Anonymous says:

    How well could this little thing run XP or Win2k, I wonder…

    What about XBMC or Boxee?

  6. Merried Seinor Comic says:

    ubuntu? isn’t that shit debian-based? why on earth would anyone want to run that?

  7. jimmythegeek says:

    Googled this; various versions of BIOS firmware are available. Latest will run XP and 7. Hardware hacks include more RAM, mic, and camera. Why isn’t Clarion marketing the hell out of this? At about $150 (current price anywhere) this has all manner of potential.

  8. aw says:

    There was a forum on it don’t know where to find it atm but these units were going for less than $120 during black friday. I think ram is the limiting factor for windows. Either way I am still tempted to get one!

  9. KitsunePaws says:

    I actually own one of these. I have tried windows XP, Ubuntu, and Android 1.5. Out of the bunch I will say that Windows XP runs the best, the touchscreen driver crashes in ubuntu from time to time leaving you with no way to interact with it. It’s only got a 4 gig SSD drive in it, so SP3 is a tight squeeze. If you’re looking for more information about hacking this device http://ill-logix.com/forum/ has great info, however you have to sign up.

  10. Bob says:

    Several people have installed windows XP as well as windows 7 on these. The main issue is drivers. It has a host USB port so you can actually access the bios with a keyboard not that there is much to change. Default they are setup to boot from USB first so it’s fairly easy to run a live distro… if it has the right video drivers. Personally I am more interested in playing with the default OS, maybe lighten it up a bit.

  11. BikeHelmet says:

    This thing sounds like the perfect candidate for nLited XP!

  12. iapx8088 says:

    I can’t seem to find it in Europe for less than 700 Euros…would be interesting otherwise.
    It has already been done on TomToms. Not nearly as useful as a Atom processor would be, and rather unsupported, but if you have an old GPS receiver hanging around it may be interesting.
    see http://www.opentom.org/

  13. therian says:

    “ubuntu? isn’t that shit debian-based? why on earth would anyone want to run that?”

    For some strange reason majority of people attracted to crap, perhaps evolutionary leftovers inherited from flies taste or primates feces trowing games

  14. tempwork says:

    Did no one else notice the “Healthy kidney removed through donor’s vagina” in the news feed? lol ….

  15. therian says:

    what haven’t been there ?

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