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Ubuntu TV fully accelerated on a Pandaboard with Ubuntu LEB

As described on my previous post about Ubuntu TV support on a Pandaboard, we were still missing proper support for texture streaming on a Pandaboard, to have the video playback also working and fully accelerated.

This weekend Rob Clark managed to create the first version of the TI’s specific eglImage support at Qtmobility, posting the code at his gitorious account, and for the first time we’re fully able to use Ubuntu TV on a ARM device, using a Pandaboard.

Demo video with the Ubuntu TV UI (accelerated with Qt and OpenGL ES 2.0) and with video decode support of 720p and 1080p:

The code support for TI’s eglImage still needs a few clean-ups, but we hope to be able to push the support at Ubuntu in the following weeks (make it good enough to try at least a package patch).

For people wanting to try it out, a few packages are already available at Linaro’s Overlay PPA, and the remaining ones should be available later today (Qt and Qtmobility), so people can easily run it with our images.

Hope you enjoy, and we’ll make sure we’re always working on keeping and improving the current support, so Ubuntu TV also rocks with ARM:-)


  1. January 16, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Does ubuntu tv supports beagleboard-xm anyway?

  2. Kaleo
    January 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

    That rocks so much!

  3. January 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    What screen mode is the desktop running at, I’ve only been able to get 720p to work.

  4. Thorsten
    January 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hum, i’d loved to try this and go on from where you got but ubuntu/pandaboard doesn’t like my monitor. Since falling back to 1024×768 prevents hdmi audio codes to work lightdm kills itself before ever seeing X… Reprogramming my monitors edid might be a solution but everytime I start thinking of that i see how easily probing works on my x86 ubuntu…There must be another way (Hope so…)

  5. January 30, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I’m tested by pandaboard.
    Movies reproduction has not been performed well.
    Is there any package which something should put in?

  6. February 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Well, when tested in my pandaboard felt very slowly, it will be because of my sd card class 4? What is yours?

  7. Gary
    March 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Hi panda´s:),

    i got the first image running with linaro ubuntu and hwpacks following the great tutorials here. Is there any image for the ubuntu tv with hw support that was shown in the youtube video?

    How do you guys install ubuntu tv on your pandaboard?

    I follow Linaro’s Overlay PPA but cant understand yet how to add patches to run ubuntu tv.

    Thanks for any help..

  8. ross0mcd
    March 24, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Raspberry Pi next😀

  9. June 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I would like to build the source code fram scratch. Can you please point me to the source code and steps (if available).

  10. February 5, 2013 at 2:46 am

    “Ubuntu TV fully accelerated on a Pandaboard with Ubuntu LEB rsalvetis random thoughts” was indeed a delightful blog, cannot help but wait to examine much more of your posts.
    Time to spend some time on the internet lolz. Thanks a lot -Lowell

  11. March 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I can’t for the life of me find anywhere to talk about support of Ubuntu TV or Linaro TV for questions or reporting bugs, or for keeping track of updates. Where is the best place to go to keep up with these things?

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