Many people ask what is the situation with the Linux support on A13. Last Friday Dimitar Gamishev came to our office to show us what he did.
He uses the “community” Uboot and the Kernel from http://linux-sunxi.org/Main_Page and made boot-able SD-card with Debian and made small show to us:
you even have Gimp
Needless to say USB keyboard, mouse, USB-to Ethernet based on AX77882 dongles and the RTL8188CU WIFI adapters are supported, so you got small board consuming 2W with desktop perfrormance.
Unfortunately the video accelerator is not supported by the “community” Linux image as they are available only as binaries and not GPL compliant, let’s hope Allwinner will release proper GPL sources soon, they promissed this to XBMC group but it’s hard to say when this will be available.
Meantime we ran Linaro video test at @30 fps and here you can see that even without video accelerator A13 is capable to play the video without any slow down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHMCGD59t54
With this Linux bootable SD-card you can keep your Android image in the NAND flash and experiment with Linux on A13.