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Cubieez 1.0, Debian 7.5 ARMHF + 2D/3D Acc. + 3.4.90 Kernel
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:13:42 am »
I'm proud to present Cubieez, a Debian 7.5 with the lastest kernel from sunxi-linux and 3D + 2D acceleration.


Whats new on Cubieez 1.0 (final):
  • Debian 7.5, upgraded to lastest Debian Wheezy stable version.
  • New fbturbo framebuffer. Graphics performance are now better.
  • Iceweasel updated from 17 to 24.6.0 :)
  • Lastest Kernel from linux-sunxi, now is 3.4.90 with a lot of modules/drivers.
  • Verbose boot
  • Little bugs fixed and improved performance
  • eth0 configured with DHCP (old settings are commented @ /etc/network/interfaces)

Some features of Cubieez:
  • CPU governor set to performance from Kernel
  • Kernel 3.4.90 with ARMHF support, compiled and with some tweaks by myself
  • Based on Debian 7.5 Wheezy, creating the rootfs from zero for Cubie (not ported from other A10 device as many images)
  • Native iptables support. A Linux distro without iptables is not a real Linux  :P
  • Kernel support to major USB Wi-Fi adapters
  • Clock & date synchro with fake-hwclock (via ntp)
  • Binary Mali400 driver installed and working for 3D accel
  • 2D acceleration (G2D, SFB)
  • Own compiled drivers/utils from last sources
  • Debian 7.5 ARMHF repository (better than Ubuntu one)
  • LXDE base desktop with low mem consumption
  • sun4i audio CODEC (jack audio) and sun4isndhdmi (HDMI audio)
  • X11VNC, SSH (SFTP too) and other basic utils installed
  • iceweasel browser (chromium is temporally out from Debian armhf repos due a bug)
  • Gnome Mplayer (less CPU consumption than lxmusic)
  • Benchmark tools and driver sources (@ /root)
  • Lightweight, only 2GB microSD required. Can be expanded to bigger ones.

Info:
users: root / cubie
unified password: cubieboard (change it on first boot, please)
Default IP: Assigned now with DHCP (for static IP edit /etc/network/interfaces or use NetworkManager)


Download "1.0" from:

Download Cubieez 1.0 (527 MB)



For A20 version go HERE.

Old versions:

Download "Release Candidate 2" from:

Download Cubieez 0.1 RC2 (457 MB)

Thanks to ikeeki for the beta testing  8)

Extras for Cubieez & Cubiuntu:

  • cubie-config update with NAND install (maq99 mod)
cubie-config update with NAND install

  • Kernel 3.4.43 (performance) with TUN enabled (07/05/2013)

Download Kernel w/ TUN

XBMC ARMHF + CedarX drkbcn native build (rellla's fork):

  • XBMC first release, not optimized yet. Only for testing. (07/08/2013)

Download XBMC binaries

Just uncompress on "/" and run "/allwinner/xbmc-pvr-binhf/lib/xbmc/xbmc.bin". Required modules: mesa, ump, lcd, hdmi.

Install dependencies first with:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install libssh-4 libmicrohttpd10 libtinyxml2.6.2 libyajl2 liblzo2-2 libpython2.7 libpcrecpp0 libhal1 libhal-storage1
Pending:

- Dirty regions, LIRC, etc.

I'll release in the next days the Cubieez rootfs with XBMC integrated in a 2GB microSD image. Thanks for your patience.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2014, 08:14:14 am by drkbcn »
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ikeeki

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 07:56:00 am »
CONGRATULATIONS ¡¡¡

Have to say that it's memory consumption is only +- 60 MB RAM ¡¡¡¡

No rivals in a couple of weeks XD.

Would be interesting a tutorial on how to install it on NAND.

CUBIEEEEEEEZZZZZZZ¡¡¡¡

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 12:54:07 pm »
CONGRATULATIONS ¡¡¡

Have to say that it's memory consumption is only +- 60 MB RAM ¡¡¡¡

No rivals in a couple of weeks XD.

Would be interesting a tutorial on how to install it on NAND.

CUBIEEEEEEEZZZZZZZ¡¡¡¡

Thanks to you for your support  ;D Now let's wait for some user review (come on, don't be shy) or any test into A20 model like Cubiuntu.
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vds

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 04:06:32 pm »
Hello, thanks for your image
I'm testing it for now it seems ok except for some graphical burrs, in example i see a white border around chars, maybe it's simply due to a low color depth.

I've also a couple of questions:
 i noticed (using top ) that total memory is about 0,8 gb instead of 1gb where are them missing 0,2 gb? Are they used for gpu driver?
 Do you plan to include usb sound card support in your future releases?

p.s. :Can I give you a small advice?: include the classical waiting cursor when a long operation is started (I.e. starting iceweasel) when i tryied to start the browser i double clicked on the desktop icon 3-4 times on it because i didn't see any sign of life.

 

ado

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 05:16:45 pm »
I'm playing a little bit arround with the image.
It looks nice.
I'm missing some graphical tools for change keyboard layout, language und timezone.

So I change it with the help of google with console and script additions.

OK, the timezone is still missing , but maybe tomorrow.

Is it normal what the cubieboards could not play YouTube Videos proper.
I get framerates about 2 frames per second.

And I try to run xbmc , but like on other images it not usable, nealy freezing.

My longterm goal is to use xbmc for playing films and to run some services 24/7.
like owncloud, tomboy-server,  mpeg-streamer, ...

Hope it's possible some day.



 
« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 05:43:51 pm by ado »

ikeeki

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 05:44:49 pm »

I try to run xbmc , but like on other images it not usable, nealy freezing.

My longterm goal is to use xbmc for playing films and to run some services 24/7.
like owncloud, tomboy-server,  mpeg-streamer, ...
 

Is this useful?
http://www.cubieforums.com/index.php/topic,399.0.html

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 06:23:11 pm »
Hello, thanks for your image
I'm testing it for now it seems ok except for some graphical burrs, in example i see a white border around chars, maybe it's simply due to a low color depth.

I've also a couple of questions:
 i noticed (using top ) that total memory is about 0,8 gb instead of 1gb where are them missing 0,2 gb? Are they used for gpu driver?
 Do you plan to include usb sound card support in your future releases?

p.s. :Can I give you a small advice?: include the classical waiting cursor when a long operation is started (I.e. starting iceweasel) when i tryied to start the browser i double clicked on the desktop icon 3-4 times on it because i didn't see any sign of life.

First of all, thanks to you for using Cubieez  8)

I never noticed graphical burrs while using my TV/VNC connections and ikeeki never told me nothing about it. Can be related with your monitor/TV? Try to connect via VNC and look it with a different monitor or screen resolution.

Q1: 813MB is the total amount of memory. The rest is reserved for GPU.
Q2: I'll check kernel modules for USB soundcards.
Advice: You can change yourself cursor theme at "Look & Feel" (the current theme must change it to wait status, but I think I can do nothing to force it)

Thanks again!
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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 06:35:17 pm »
I'm playing a little bit arround with the image.
It looks nice.
I'm missing some graphical tools for change keyboard layout, language und timezone.

So I change it with the help of google with console and script additions.

OK, the timezone is still missing , but maybe tomorrow.

Is it normal what the cubieboards could not play YouTube Videos proper.
I get framerates about 2 frames per second.

And I try to run xbmc , but like on other images it not usable, nealy freezing.

My longterm goal is to use xbmc for playing films and to run some services 24/7.
like owncloud, tomboy-server,  mpeg-streamer, ...

Hope it's possible some day.

To change language/keyboard you can run:

Code: [Select]
sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
And install fbxkb for switching. To change your timezone:

Code: [Select]
tzselect
Youtube is not playable from Linux distros for Cubie right now (and minitube isn't working), but you can try the XBMC image of ikeeki  8)

I'll put an initial script to change locales, timezone and more for next version. Thanks!
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ikeeki

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 07:48:04 pm »
Firefox gets better results, nothing incredible though.

wilsoncr

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 08:48:04 pm »
It is fantastic to see these images coming out for the cubieboard

ikeeki

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2013, 09:18:12 pm »
And more to come¡¡¡, (kernel 3.9...XDXDXD,) no, still very early.

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 09:33:34 pm »
And more to come¡¡¡, (kernel 3.9...XDXDXD,) no, still very early.

Tomorrow i'll give it a try  8)
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span

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 08:11:34 pm »
Nice work. I had the change to try the image and it is very promising.

@drkbcn: Do you plan to build a tun module into the kernel?

It would make your image ideal for building a cubieboard based vpn server.

If you do not plan to do it,  can you please post toolchain/kernel/module source versions that we can use to rebuild the kernel myself?

Thanks.
Keep up the great work

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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 03:07:17 am »
Nice work. I had the change to try the image and it is very promising.

@drkbcn: Do you plan to build a tun module into the kernel?

It would make your image ideal for building a cubieboard based vpn server.

If you do not plan to do it,  can you please post toolchain/kernel/module source versions that we can use to rebuild the kernel myself?

Thanks.
Keep up the great work

Today i'm going to build a Kernel with TUN support for Cubieez and Cubiuntu. :)
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Re: Cubieez, Debian 7.1 ARMHF + MALI 400 + G2D
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 11:01:56 am »
Kernel with TUN support (and required modules) download link @ first post.  ;)

To install:

- Replace "uImage" from boot partition
- Replace your "/lib/modules" with the new one
- Reboot
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