Bodhi Linux is up and running on the MK802 mini PC

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Bodhi can best be described as a lightweight Linux flavor coded to run across a wide range of hardware.

Recently, the versatile operating system was modded by Bodhi dev Jeff Hoogland to run on Samsung's stalwart $250 Chromebook - which is powered by Samsung's ARM-based Exynos Cortex-A15 processor.

Bodhi has also been spotted running on a number of ARM devices, including Google's Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Giada's desktop PC and the Raspberry Pi.

However, this is the first time Bodhi has been ported to a mini-PC powered by an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor.

As Liliputing's Brad Linder notes, the stalwart MK802 was one of the first Android mini PCs to hit the market and remains one of the most Linux-friendly options.

Essentially, the MK802 is a PC-on-a-stick approximately the size of a USB flash drive. It ships with Google Android software as the default OS, but is more than capable of running various flavors of Linux, including Ubuntu, Puppy, Fedora and now Bodhi.

Yes, Bodhi dev Jeff Hoogland has posted the very first image of Bodhi Linux for the MK802, which includes a Linux 3.0 kernel and support for OpenGL graphics. The disk image can be easily written to a microSD card and inserted into the MK802 to boot Bodhi.

Although the default mode is designed to work with 1920 x 1080 pixel displays, the script.bin file can be modded to work with a 720p display as well.