I’ve recently received and reviewed the 70 USD Mele A1000 STB powered by AllWinner A10, but haven’t been able to hack it yet since I’ve have not received the USB to Serial cable necessary for debugging the board.
However, somebody else (Tom Cubie) had time to hack the box and run Ubuntu from a SD card (while still keeping Android in the flash) as you can see below.
This port does not seem to include hardware accelerated GUI just yet, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Tom said he just followed the instructions at http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/hacking_the_mele_a1000/ and http://rhombus-tech.net/a10_mmc_boot/ to have Ubuntu working, but those do not appear to be that clear at the moment.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
Ubuntu image (4GB SD card dd): http://hands.com/~lkcl/mele-ubuntu-lucid.img.lzma
Username: root, Password: ubuntu
It will only output to HDMI by default, but a solution to output to VGA is available @ http://lists.phcomp.co.uk/pipermail/arm-netbook/2012-April/003149.html