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Software News : Ubuntu LiveCD ALPHA for SAM 460 boards / AmigaOne 500
Posted by Anonymous on 2012/10/15 22:52:37 (2731 reads) News by the same author
Software News

Acube Italy has hosted first Ubuntu LiveCD with SAM460 kernel

Direct download link (zipped)

Please note that this is early alpha done by AmigaWorld user Mario Locati http://amigaworld.net/userinfo.php?uid=2420

More info can be found at

However, there are severe restrictions (no HDD install provided) but it gives ability to use FireFox 3.6 and OpenOffice

From readme file
Alpha Ubuntu LiveCD

This Ubuntu LiveCD was made in the hope that someone could continue working on it. If you are able and want to become a hero, feel free to make this LiveCD fully working.


This LiveCD boots on a Sam460 with a Radeon 3450. It is not fully tested and probably won't work without a Radeon card (i.e. with the onboard chip alone).

What you can/can't do:

You can boot the LiveCD and reach the Ubuntu desktop and work from here, of course at the "slow" speed of your DVD drive.

Unfortunately the installation of Ubuntu (the "Install Ubuntu 10.10" icon on the desktop) does not work. It will fail when it wants to write to the HD (error in ubi-partman).

How to boot:

- in Uboot select your CD as the boot device
- in the Parthenope screen, press the Enter key or just wait a few seconds
- after a few seconds the first lines appear on screen saying "Booting kernel from legacy image...." and the drive stops for a while
- after 2 or 3 minutes, the drive starts to go again. Nothing is displayed on the monitor at this time. If you have a cable connected
to the serial connector, you will see a lot of messages from the loading process.
- after 3 more minutes, the screen goes black and after some time the Ubuntu desktop appears.

Compiling a new LiveCD:

Read the README file in the "sources" directory on the ISO. It explains how to do it from an x86 Linux.

Links that can be of interest:


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Published: 2012/10/17 8:43  Updated: 2012/10/17 8:43
Just can't stay away
Joined: 12/09/2006
From: Lyon, France
Comments: 1369
 Re: Ubuntu LiveCD ALPHA for SAM 460 boards / AmigaOne 500

I have Ubuntu installed on my HD. Stay tuned, I'll give more details in a few days...
Published: 2012/10/17 18:48  Updated: 2012/10/17 18:48
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 12/03/2006
From: Essex, UK
Comments: 418
 Re: Ubuntu LiveCD ALPHA for SAM 460 boards / AmigaOne 500
Tried it and works well, considering purchasing a new hard drive to hopefully get it installed on, just another tool in the SAM460' box
Published: 2012/10/19 22:32  Updated: 2012/10/19 22:32
Just can't stay away
Joined: 12/09/2006
From: Lyon, France
Comments: 1369
 Re: Ubuntu LiveCD ALPHA for SAM 460 boards / AmigaOne 500

Please note that this is early alpha done by AmigaWorld user Mario Locati

It's wrong even if Mario did a great job on its own.


the 7zip file was replaced by a Zip one.
Published: 2012/10/25 9:33  Updated: 2012/10/25 9:33
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 07/16/2012
From: Istanbul
Comments: 457
 Re: Ubuntu LiveCD ALPHA for SAM 460 boards / AmigaOne 500
Ubuntu LiveCD works with HD4650, it seems but X server doesn't support HD6570 graphic card..
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