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Linux Ported To Dingoo A320 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the it-slices-it-dices dept.
Busshy writes "Linux has arrived on the Dingoo A320, a portable console that was recently released in Asia (bundled with emulators for 16-bit consoles) which looks like the bottom half of a DS Lite. It also has an XMB that closely resembles those that PSP and PS3 owners are used to. Homebrew Coders have already ported ScummVM and PRBoom (Doom Engine) to Dingoo Linux."
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Linux Ported To Dingoo A320

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  • As much as I admire an open source approach to portable gaming, I expect within a year this Dingoo A320 shall disappear and we shall never hear from it again.
    • Re:Great but... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Monday June 01, 2009 @01:55AM (#28164711) Journal
      You are likely right(if not a year, it'll be ebay fodder in 18 months). However, on the plus side, the Ingenic JZ4740 on which this device is based seems to be the beating heart of a nontrivial percentage of the wacky pacific rim media gizmos currently on the market. With any luck, and a bit of continued interest, this project should be able to mutate as needed to find newer hosts.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by BikeHelmet (1437881)

        You are likely right(if not a year, it'll be ebay fodder in 18 months).

        It's $80 right now, with free shipping worldwide. Has been that price since it launched.

        http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.20217 [dealextreme.com]

        Well, it might be a waste of money, but it shouldn't take long to make up $80 of value from playing old classics. :P

      • by hey! (33014)

        the Ingenic JZ4740 on which this device is based seems to be the beating heart of a nontrivial percentage of the wacky pacific rim media gizmos currently on the market.

        Ah.

        I see the future has arrived. It appears to speak a language derived from recycled Star Trek: The Next Generation scripts. Who'dve thunk it?

    • I'm personally holding out for a Pandora [openpandora.org], assuming it doesn't get delay for too much longer. Much more powerful hardware and a truly free software handheld console, I can't wait :)

      • The Pandora is going to be a very powerful and well designed device. (I hope)

        I know how much effort the creators have put into it. They aren't just creating something to sell - they're creating their perfect dream machine.

        I've got a pre-order in, so once it arrives I'll review it, unless the 'net is already flooded with reviews. ;)

        • by guabah (968691)
          sounds like the perfect console for Duke Nukem 4ever
          • Heh. The thing is, DNF wasn't nearly as open of a project as the Pandora is. If the devs working there had told everyone how things were going, it would've inspired pessimism rather than optimism.

            • DNF wasn't nearly as open of a project as the Pandora is

              Understatement of the year.

              No wait, Microsoft Windows isn't nearly as open of a project as Debian GNU/Linux.

    • by MaerD (954222)
      Indeed. I was much more excited when I thought they meant an airplane [wikipedia.org].
  • link to.... forum? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by iamhassi (659463) on Monday June 01, 2009 @01:59AM (#28164725) Journal
    what's with the link going to a forum and code.google.com page? No links to the Dingoo A320? I mean sure I can google it but a link to a photo and description would be nice
    • by 4D6963 (933028)
      Funnily enough if you google it all you get is forum threads. Looks like they don't even have an official site or a Wikipedia article..
      • by DNS-and-BIND (461968) on Monday June 01, 2009 @02:59AM (#28164987) Homepage
        You know, there are other search engines other than google out there. They've got an official site. However, as a fly-by-night Chinese manufacturer, they wouldn't meet Wikipedia's notability standards. It took me all of 5 seconds to locate the information. Google has a huge bias against dual-language sites, and a huge hard-on for Wikipedia. I'm reminded of the ignorant Jedi librarian who said if it didn't exist in their index, there was no possibly of it existing in reality.
        • by Jurily (900488) <jurily.gmail@com> on Monday June 01, 2009 @03:09AM (#28165041)

          they wouldn't meet Wikipedia's notability standards.

          That says more about Wikipedia than it does about the official site.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by 4D6963 (933028)
          My mistake actually Wikipedia has it [wikipedia.org]. Google's boner for Wikipedia was apparently not strong enough to make it appear within the 20 first results I looked at.
          • How utterly typical. No page for the company that makes the product, oh no, it's not notorious enough. But put out a video game, and that video game has its own dedicated page, with photos, instructions, links, and everything.
            • by 4D6963 (933028)
              Well, I strongly doubt there's any material out there to write a page about the company that makes the product... I mean I doubt anyone knows much more about Shenzhen Dingoo Digital Co., Ltd. besides what we know about their products.
              • by hey! (33014)

                I mean I doubt anyone knows much more about Shenzhen Dingoo Digital Co., Ltd.

                Well, there's this: their name sounds like the punch-line to a joke about a traveling salesman and the Zhejiang rice farmer's daughter....

        • The official site wasn't very good last time I visited. I think 3 pages had some English text on them, every link was broken, and you had to flip it to chinese for the downloads to work. Also, MASSIVE flash banner that does nothing.

          They may have corrected the issues, but I wouldn't know, since their site won't load for me right now. (I'm in Canada)

          Perhaps it does say something about Google - but perhaps not what you thought...!

      • wikipedia article (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward
    • by bstag (933525)
    • by DNS-and-BIND (461968) on Monday June 01, 2009 @02:48AM (#28164947) Homepage
      The manufacturer's English website [dingoo888.com]. The unofficial English support site [dingoo-digital.com].

      I don't know...I've sourced a lot of products from China, and this looks like a typical shoddy product from a fly-by-night shanzhai manufacturer. That, combined with the rampant disrespect for IPR by including ROM files - well, just don't be surprised when your nice product breaks mysteriously after 3-6 months. Or it gives you an electric shock, or the buttons fall off, or your fingertips turn green from the unsuitable plastic on the buttons.

      How much do these go for? If someone wants a thousand or two, I could get an order together. I have a buddy down in Shenzhen who can make sure we don't get screwed by the shanzhai manufacturer.

      • come on the roms are OOOOLD, the fact its not legal to put compilations of old games out when shows that IPR/copyright is broken

        • the fact its not legal to put compilations of old games out when shows that IPR/copyright is broken

          The Supreme Court of the United States disagreed with your assessment of the copyright term's brokenness in Eldred v. Ashcroft. Or did you mean that national constitutions themselves are broken for allowing runaway extensions of the copyright term to happen? In any case, is there any way to unbreak the copyright term without leaving the Berne Convention, leaving the World Trade Organization, and losing export markets?

  • by Guido del Confuso (80037) on Monday June 01, 2009 @02:14AM (#28164805)

    Too bad it's the Dingoo A320 and not the Airbus A320 [wikipedia.org], which would have been considerably more impressive, if somewhat less practical. I'm not sure I would want to see what happens in the event of kernel panic, though.

    • Too bad it's the Dingoo A320 and not the Airbus A320 [wikipedia.org], which would have been considerably more impressive, if somewhat less practical. I'm not sure I would want to see what happens in the event of kernel panic, though.

      I think that would result in a different type of panic.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510)

      Too bad it's the Dingoo A320 and not the Airbus A320, which would have been considerably more impressive,

      Already been done. [slashdot.org]

  • BUT..."The dingo ate my baby!" :p
  • Dingoo Official Site (Score:3, Informative)

    by jsse (254124) on Monday June 01, 2009 @02:55AM (#28164973) Homepage Journal
    Dingoo Official Site [dingoo888.com]
    • by WarlockD (623872)

      Dingoo A320 Detailed Diagrams

      Model: A320
      Time:2008-11
      Company: Shenzhen Dingoo Digital Co. LTD
      Color: White

      Detailed Diagrams [dingoo888.com].

      I don't know how less detailed you can get from that:P For anyone to know, here is the Rough Datasheet [suncoming.com] of the all in one CPU its using. I am honestly VERY impressed. That cpu is running a small size, built in MMU, starts at 336mhz ( I think thats what this is running at) and has all sorts of built in features (Sound codac, build int LCD display, lots of IO pins and Dram controller). Its even more interesting that the hardware is even designed to boot RIGHT off a usb drive. Makes me

  • The dingoo ate my penguin!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCE2Vv4Srvw [youtube.com]

    This video has sold it for me. Super Mario Bros. for the win!

    I totally want one of these now. Only thing that concerns me slightly is how "clicky" the buttons sound. Might be an indicator of slightly inferior build quality. Then again, it could be how loud the mic is on the video..

    The specs look great to me. 4G memory + mini SD? Yes please. No need for faffing.. Imagine how many ROMs that could hold. Also just the right size (compared to something like Pandor
    • by ezelkow1 (693205)
      The buttons really arent clicky at all. Most of the videos of these that make a clicking sound are just because the sound recorded from a mic sucks. I own one and have been working on making a uclibc toolchain for this so the porting efforts can more smoothly and make more efficient compiled code. It is very very good build quality. Most of those chinese products are pretty shoddy but this feels very solid in your hands.
  • I've got it running on a dead badger. [everything2.com]
  • So, could the Dingoo A320 run MAME decently? Is the GP2X Wiz a better buy?

    • by ezelkow1 (693205)
      It cant run mame yet, but zodttd who ported mame to the p2p and iphone has already been working on a direct port of it to the original shipped OS. No doubt if/when linux becomes more stable a mame port will be very easy as well. Personally I went with one of these, half the price of a wiz, smaller form factor (it actually fits in your pocket). I dont regret it at all since it plays pretty much everything out of the box as well as most videos without having to re-encode them.
      • by Yvan256 (722131)

        How does the A320 compare to the Wiz in terms of hardware specifications?

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by ezelkow1 (693205)
          Just going by the specs on wikipedia for the wiz, the wiz is better in most aspects. It has a 533mhz proc vs. a 380-400mhz on the a320. 64mb ram vs. 32. The wiz also has a 3d accelerator and the a320 does not. On space the a320 has 4gb nand built in while the wiz only has 1gb, and both support some sort of expansion card. The wiz has an amoled screen while the a320 is just regular lcd, however they are both the same resolution. They both also have about the same battery life as well, the a320 may be a
  • ... which OS it ships with?

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