Hey there! As it was announced in the previous post our console finally got some dev-love: kholk, an italian-based developer published his eternity-kernel. What’s the bargain you may ask. Since the kernel is clocked at 2 GHz, it boosts the performance of the OUYA by approx. 10% (measured with antutu-benchmark)! That’s a fine software-upgrade for our console, witch is almost 1 year old by now.
The kernel is not the only gift kholk made us, the OUYA consoleros 🙂 His eternity-project also developed an alternative 2nd stage bootloader, which makes our console much less vulnerable for bad flash, human mistakes or other activities causing a (soft-)bricked console. Even more: since the Eternity-Bootloader is much more sophisticated than for instance OUYA Safe recovery it is possible to run different kernels with one OUYA console. So you can still have the original kernel, kholk’s optimized and overclocked kernel and Tuomas kernel for running debian in our console.
By now, kholk’s kernel is released in v3, which seems to be pretty stable. First versions of his kernel were causing random reboots and freezes. This has revealed another weakness of the OUYA console- it’s cooling system. Luckily it’s not complicated to improve that by adding one more heatsink – I will publish a little how-to shortly…
The Eternity-kernel is initially build for the StockPlus-Rom, but has been adapted for using it with the latest stock rom. There is one small caveat though: when used with stock rom ethernet is not being recognized. Butt i’m sure, that kholk willl work out a solution shortly. Probably is’s just an error in the drivers-directory.
Here you see pictures i made with stock kernel and kholk’s kernel made on Stock-Plus-Rom. It’s an increase by 1500 points. It has been reported that the increase in performance is not only a benchmark-thingy, but really noticeable while gaming. If you want to check out the most recent development of the EternityProject for OUYA visit their forum! Of course we will also keep you up to date here at ouya-mods.com! See you soon, until then – stay tuned!