[Freedombox-discuss] Introducing the MK802 FreedomStick

timur.mehrvarz at riseup.net timur.mehrvarz at riseup.net
Sat Sep 8 19:57:10 UTC 2012

On 09/07/2012 10:25 PM, Rob van der Hoeven wrote:
> Hi folks,
> The last few weeks i have been playing with a MK802 stick-computer.
>  From my experience i think this little computer will be excellent
> hardware for our FreedomBox project. Wrote an article about its features
> and performance on my blog:
> http://freedomboxblog.nl/introducing-the-mk802-freedomstick/
> Rob.
> http://freedomboxblog.nl

Great article. It was very interesting to read about the performance and 
power consumption differences.

One question about booting. You say...

    Apart from all the hardware features its boot process is also
    interesting. Booting goes as follows:

     1. Check if the reset pin is pressed. If so, load new firmware from
        the USB port.
     2. Check if there is a SD card present. If it contains a bootable
        image, boot from the SD card.
     3. Boot from the internal NAND storage (boot Android).

    Step 1 can recover a "bricked" device. Step 2 makes loading an
    alternative OS possible. Very hacking friendly!

So when there is a power interrupt and the SD card contains a bootable 
image, the MK802 will again boot into the alternative OS. But if the SD 
card has no bootable image, the device will boot into Android from NAND. 
Correct? Is it possible to flash Debian/Ubuntu into NAND also?


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