Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM

I have been using Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM now for a couple of days and I have to say: It Rocks! Ubuntu has had a long history of supporting ARM Systems on a Chip (SoC) since 2008, but Ubuntu 11.10 is a significant milestone.

Introducing.. Ubuntu Server on ARM – Technology Preview

Canonical announced back in August that Ubuntu Server 11.10 would include the first ARM version of the product, and here it is. While this is just the first step on an exciting journey, it is worth to celebrate that the voyage has started. I look forward to see what 12.04 LTS brings us on this space!

Playing with Ubuntu on ARM (Toshiba AC100)

It is hard to really grasp the full experience of Ubuntu on

ARM when you are playing with a development board. For this reason, we have released a demo image for the Tegra2-based (Nvidia) Toshiba AC100.

Running Unity 2D, it shows off  that Ubuntu on ARM is a great platform for computing, in a very compact design and with a very long battery life. For all these reasons, this is my system of choice to take to UDS-P.

If you have a Toshiba AC100, I encourage you to install Ubuntu 11.10 in it!

TI OMAP4 Panda Board

Powered by the Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor, the Panda Board packs in “a dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, a C64x DSP, and 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM“.  Providing an affordable and competitive design tool for the embedded mobile space.

Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM is available in Headless and full image for Panda. You can find download links and installation instructions here. You can also find there Ubuntu 11.10 for OMAP3 (Beagle Board).

Freescale IMX53 QuickStart Board

The IMX53 Family is oriented towards automotive solutions. Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM is the first release of Ubuntu to provide support for the IMX53 QuickStart Board. You can find download links and installation instructions here.

Linaro and Ubuntu

Both the TI OMAP4 and Freescale images are based on the Linaro outputs for those SoCs. This has greatly our capacity to support ARM development boards.

20 thoughts on “Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM

      1. All right, thanks for the info. So there wasn’t any driver issues (it *is* Nvidia after all)?

  1. I just bought a second hand Tosh AC100 with Ubuntu installed, and I am amazed by this mythical machine… But reactivity is really poor, and I went one step further by switching to Lubuntu. This is a decisive step! With Lubuntu, the machine truly comes to life and becomes a regular computer! A few things still need to be fixed:
    – A working battery indicator
    – A Bluetooth/3G switch for saving battery life
    I still have to try to make Flash work and check if it is not killing performance.

    The next generation Tegra promises fantastic machines. And I pray for a PixelQi-type screen and a universal (micro)USB charger.

    1. Hi,

      Toshiba doesn’t sell AC100 with Ubuntu install. So I am not really sure it was running the right version, which is the 11.10 release. I am happy that Lubuntu is working for you.

      1. I think you missed the ‘second hand’ part. The previous owner must have installed Ubuntu on it, may or may not be 11.10.

  2. Dear Victor:
    I also have a ac100 and I would like to install on it lubuntu 12.04.
    I tryed to flash the nvdinstaller but Icould’nt-
    Could you let me know, step by step, what to do?.

      1. Thanks a lot.
        I’ll try that.
        Do you know any place in spain to go there to talk to anyone in person?
        I live now in Madrid and it is very tuff to be in touch to anyone to get help.


  3. Dear Victor:
    It was impossible to be in touch to the direction you offered to me. It looks to be closed!!!
    Again and beggin you a lot of patience, Is there any way for me to be in touch to a lubuntu=AC100 users to help me?

    Just in case this is my móbile number 628011140. If you know anyone able to help me could you give to him my number please ? I don’t know what to do.


      1. So many thanks but, Do you know someone in Madrid that could help me?
        Anyway I will keep trying to install ubuntu 12.04 on the toshiba ac100.

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