VIA Releases Kernel 2.6.32 and U-Boot Source Code for $49 APC Board

VIA Technology unveiled the low cost APC (Android PC) board based on WonderMedia WM8750 processor (ARM11) back in May, and started to ship the Android board this month (I think since that was their plan).

The company has just released Kernel 2.6.32.9 and U-Boot source on github. Here’s how to retrieve the code provided git is already installed on your machine:


You can then build U-Boot (provided you’ve already installed an ARM toolchain in your path):


and the Linux kernel:


The availability of the source means we should see Linux distribution like Debian, Fedora or Arch Linux ARM (separate from Arch Linux) running on the board very soon. In theory, it’s also possible to run a Linux distribution with the binary Linux kernel compiled for Android, but it causes some issues and also makes customization more difficult.

I think they should also have release the code they modified for Android, but apparently did not. The next step would probably be to release the OpenGL ES and VPU libraries (binaries) for Linux. We’ll see if that happens.

They also released the board 2D and 3D mechanical drawings (DXF and STP).

VIA has also setup APC-IO Forums as a communication platform for the user and developer community.

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I can’t understand what kind of business proposition is expected from this arm11 board priced at $49 knowing that on similar or lower price point similar or better hardware is available. Plus already established community of popular Allwinner A10.

But if they still wanted to get into this APC thing then why not with VIA WM8850 Cortex-A9 SOC ? Which has an actual potential to gjve some tough competition to Allwinner A10 APC’s. Plus they could have threaded some community around it, which in turn could have helped them Garner some popularity, Which in turn could have made VIA WM8850 a popular SOC choice among manufacturers, Which in turn could have gave them good business.

But Again, You guys know better.:l

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Delete “which” in above comment. Its a typo. Also want to know, How to edit my post?

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Why such an old kernel, do you think? (& does it matter much?)

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Agree,
1. The goodies (vga, Ethernet, usb ports etc.) is getting nullified by the old kernel / old android version / arm 11
2. ‘They are’ SOC makers and who is exactly stopping them to make such a board with top of the line processors with onboard Ethernet, USB ports, VGA and etcs..

On a side note news: 1.Saw a under $149 tegra3 phone with JB /2GB ram on some Chinese site /forum.
2. saw Ramos W17 amlogic 8726 MX series running 4.1.1
3. Some unidentified QUAD SOC running dualboot Ubuntu /JB tablet board with compareble benchmark of this new qualcomm thing. under $99 (test board only) .

So… Get ready nexus7 flaunting americans, Chinese Sh!tstorm is coming… 🙂 This Christmas is going to be fun.