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Linuxium "spun" 64-bits version for CherryTrail with 32-bits booting...

Posted: 17 Nov 2018, 11:08
by Bicephale
Hi there!

It's been a long while so i'm totally disconnected now, but i've been experimenting with Linux again recently and realized maybe Porteus/Slax would have something to offer in the situation described as follows...

The PC to revalorize is a cheap 2-parts LapTop/Tablet that's more like a nano-PC: the Insignia Flex 11.6 NS-P11W7100-C. At 1st i expected it would be easy and convenient to use it in combination with my network TV server so i can carry it around, euh... but then i discovered part of its peripherals only enjoy marginal Linux support and that's "flaky" at best: starting with the MMC/NCard stuff, but not only.


Initially Windows 10 kept disturbing me so many times i eventually wanted to taste and enjoy the satisfaction of deleting its partition - and i did just that finally! - but not before having accumulated quite some redundant backup in case nothing works. Since the begining i had given my best futile efforts over quite a few ideas until i read about the 32/64 bits boot problem, and ultimately "Linuxium" which could fix it for me by "re-spinning" an ISO, at least in principle.

But the complicated reading alone made my courage plumet fast so i resorted to these ready-made downloads intead:

  • linuxium-v4.17-rc6-lubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64 (1.2G)
  • linuxium-linuxmint-18.3-xfce-64bit (1.8G)
  • linuxium-v4.17-rc6-elementaryos-0.4.1-stable.20180214 (1.8G)
  • linuxium-atom-ubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64 (2.1G)

Though in practice only Ubuntu completed installation so i could get a better perspective now of what i don't like about such hardware: it's still the i2C bus on which too many of this machine's peripherals depend (as i recall) i'm afraid; although i do seem to have gained access to its internal MMC drive and micro-SD flash card reader (with a 128 GB ammovible limit) i regret to admit trouble with the later occurs after a few minutes: the only semi-reliable use i got for it under Linux is for brief file accesses. Music plays but when i try videos it's like the more i use it the faster it fails. That's why i suspect this bottleneck may never be resolved and hence i'm back to days with Slax/Porteus run from RAM memory... But that's forgetting the 32/64 bits problem created by its peculiar boot loader, whatever.


It's so tiresome i'm starting to regret posting about it too, because the more i write the less clear it feels! :juggler:

All i know with confidence is that the MMC and micro-SD storage spaces may work fine and long enough to load an "image" of Linux in RAM, with VLC Media Player, LiRC support for an MCE remote control and BlueTooth/WiFi for wireless earphones and internet access. This is a proper challenge for Slax/Porteus the larger Linux flavour may be unfit for, considering the limited RAM memory of 2GB only... In any case having Ubuntu installed on its internal 32GB MMC/NCard i could compare with its "Live" version and that's why i'm here now: "Live" mode, with a tist, suggesting the Linuxium trend is a perfect niche where Slax/Porteus can effectively shine, because those have a long history with severely limited material that looses value fast at the hands of Microsoft Windows and even regular Linux releases. Instead of a flash USB thumb drive the image can reside on MMC space i figure.

Years ago inclusion of PlOP was a nice gesture in favour of compatibility, perhaps a Linuxium spin would make a great update to that today.

My 2 cents. :lightbulb:

I feel like expressing admiration for keeping up the good work despite adversity in a consumer's world anyway!


Linuxium "spun" 64-bits version for CherryTrail with 32-bits booting...

Posted: 01 May 2019, 04:43
by nanZor
Instead of a "linixium spin" of Porteus, you can have your cake and eat it too by running Porteus directly with a caveat. I'm satisfied with a similar project I've detailed here:

hackin' on an Atom z8350 mini pc

Basically, I took the slacker's way out, and whatever didn't work, I just hung on a little passive 4-way usb hub. Wifi, bluetooth, even the crappy sd-card slot that doesn't work, gets put onto the hub with a dongle that does. MUCH less hassle than a custom spin. :)

And, I dual-boot windows 10 (as much as I don't like it) this way - if your bios can boot from the usb, then use that for Porteus if you like. You have to tap F7, DEL or some other key usually to get to the bios boot order option. It all depends of course.

And if for some reason you can't get the 4.0 version of Porteus to install from it's own windows exe utility inside the iso properly, or don't have any other linux box around, I've burnt the Porteus image using Rufus and specifying the GPT method instead of mbr to create it so that it will boot with UEFI. That method hasn't failed me yet with Porteus on a variety of UEFI only machines.