Ubuntu on Linkstar-K68K

Is there an ETA for Ubuntu to be able to install on this device?


I’m curious to understand why Ubuntu 18 (is that correct?) was stated in the literature as the latest supported version.

In the docs I read about setting up OS there’s no download link for Ubuntu package, it says “coming soon”.

Seems to be NO Ubuntu is available yet.

Have you tried running it off the USB or the card?

How do I do that?

Reading the how to page doesn’t list that. (Unless I missed it)

Google is your friend here on “create a bootable Ubuntu on a USB or flash drive.” Assuming you are already running Ubuntu on a laptop or box, by default it comes with a tool to create bootable Ubuntu drives on flash cards or USB sticks. If not these should point you in the right direction:

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Thanks for the info, I was expecting something special for the LinkStar - do you know how I can run it from the eMMC on the LinkStar?

Hey Tripp. We are all blazing a trail here with this new device and the things that can be done with it. Some of these things may “brick” your device, as in it remains useless and unbootable from that point forward, (or if you are lucky, need to jump through a lot of hoops to recover). That being said, know the risks you take while trying these things out. The first key question is, why do you want Ubuntu installed? What use case or every day life problems are you trying to solve? If you are good with the answers, then proceed but know there are risks involved and they are yours to assume, not me or anyone else’s.

In premise however, this should work. The advantage of running it on a bootable Flash Card or USB would be to test if and how Ubuntu (or any other Linux flavor) works on it. If it does not, dismount or shut down and reboot the device, no harm done. Assuming the it is working properly, it would sense alternate drive on the device and at the same time will allow you to install directly from the bootable Flash Card or USB. If you are familiar with Ubuntu you should be familiar with this. Also, make sure you have a key board, mouse, and monitor hooked up, preferably wired (not wireless), and working on the Android software it shipped with. This way you do not have to worry about wireless drivers flaking out on you during your initial tests.

Although I would take the route I outlined above, there are plenty of examples similar out there like running Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi, and the LinksStar-H68K is a lot more powerful and has the specs to handle it. For a similar use-case with installation on a Raspberry Pi, see below:

Do your homework. Good luck and let me what you decide and if it works.

Thanks for the great response and the details.

My primary goal of running a linux OS is to run PFSense and portainer so I can run some of the tools I want to like PiHole among other things. The reason I want Ubuntu is it was the selling point SeedStudio used to cause me to buy it and their documentation is sadly lacking right now.

So setting up Ubuntu isn’t the issue it’s getting it running on the LinkStar that is an unknown to me and like you mentioned I don’t want to brick my new toy. On my Pi I’m using the RPi memory card imager so you click click click and you have a working/usable Pi. For the LinkStar Google has no useful links for this install specifically (just points back to SeedStudio which says “coming soon”).

I’ll take a look at the guide for the Pi you linked to and try it out when I get back home from a trip next week.

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Hey! Having the same issue. Would really like to stick ubuntu on this thing, but no glory. Tried via sd card and sideloading via devtool as described. If anyone has any luck please share!