JingPad A1 - Loading Alternate OSes on JingPad A1

I received my JingPad A1 last week. I’m interested in running other OSes on the JingPad. I know that one user got Ubuntu Touch running (presumably through their plug-in installer.)

I’m experienced with Linux, but not super-familiar with ARM devices. I’ve flashed a few boot ROMs on Android devices over the years. I’ve done some pretty low-level work with Raspberry Pis (getting OpenBSD running required attaching to the serial console, for example.)

I’m just not 100% sure where to start with the JingPad.

My biggest questions are:

  1. How do I access the boot loader/GRUB on boot?
  2. How do I take an image of the running device?
  3. How do I apply an image to the device’s storage?

I imagine it’s similar to what you’d need to do with an Android device, so I’ll probably start running down that road on my own, but any guidance would be lovely.

Basically, I want to be able to try out other OSes and then get back to stock JingOS when I’m done, but I’m not sure where to start. Happy to dig in and document though.

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We will give the community a tutorial in early november~ I’ll ping you when things are ready

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mark and waiting for news

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Waiting for news!

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Any updates on this question?

Hi @LenPayne @ylliu3788 @finfetworld
as @August can confirm, after unlocking the bootloader, you will be able to boot any other OS:

Obviusly, you need to be able to customize and boot other OSs…Or waiting for a Dev interested to port OSs to JingPad A1.

Hi. Thank you for informing :slight_smile:

what about the Ubuntu Touch? When will it be available?
I think I saw a roadmap that UT will be released on late November, but have not seen a image yet.

Yeah,
I know.
A Dev is working on it, and he showed some screens about the JingPad A1 working on it, but currently the installation process is not easy to follow.
To prove it, see the Gitlab page:

Have a nice day.

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Oh. Thank you!

Really interested in Ubuntu Touch or Debian with desktop environment for my new JingPad. What’s the latest on this please?