Archos 5 Android adds Linux developer firmware to its bag of tricks

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It seems like only yesterday when eager Archos 604 and 605 owners were trying to root the locked-down firmware of their favorite multimedia players, but Archos has made some great strides over the past few years, culminating in a more open-source approach. Over the weekend, an eagle-eyed user over at ArchosFans noticed that Archos had quietly slipped out its new Special Developer Edition (SDE) firmware based on the Angstrom Linux distribution for the Archos 5 Android internet tablet.

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise, since Archos did the same thing for the previous non-Android Archos 5 and 7 late last year. While the addition of Android has added unlimited possibilities for not only the current-gen device, but for future devices as well, there are always a few of the die-hard fans out there that would like to take a crack at customizing the OS even more. Not to mention, Android might not be everyone's cup of tea when it comes to OS choices.

With the ability to dual-boot, at least there is no worry about losing the core Archos multimedia apps, since they are not present in the Angstrom build. Check out a few screenshots after the break, and if you're feeling brave, the keys to the castle are contained in the download link at the end of the post.


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The Angstrom SDE firmware download can be found here.

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Chris King

Chris King is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.