So I had to run Linux on this machine. As a lot of builds for the Allwinner A10 platform are gone (since MiniAnd is offline) I had to look for much newer builds. The ultimate goal is to have XBMC running with 1080P hardware acceleration. As there is a lot of difference in Linux builds it’s best to try out some distro’s. I found the Cubieboard 1 (also with Allwinner A10) to be capable. There are some quirks however. Wifi is very unstable in most of the distro’s.
Has 1080P / Hotplug USB does not work
Qbee-X TMC FR
Has XBMC 12 (quite old), plays 1080P files fine, has HDMI audio, runs in 720P resolution.
Debian Jessie Cubieboard A10
Screen blanks out some time, usb ports fail after that. Runs in 1080.
Armbian Cubieboard 1
Is one of the smoothest in video, lacks wifi driver, lacks ethernet driver, has HDMI audio, runs on 1080P.
For now Qbee and Armbian are the best. What I would like to see is if someone is able to cook up a Debian Jessy with HDMI audio, 1080P, wifi support and hotplug USB and a much newer XBMC as 12 is way too old for any of the add-ons to work.
This needs much more testing, you can help me out.