[Community] [Announce] Goldelico Replicant Testing Snapshot (2015.06)

Lukas Maerdian luk at slyon.de
Mon Jun 29 15:28:25 CEST 2015

Hello everybody!

It's time to announce a new testing release of the Goldelico
Replicant 4.2 distribution. The free GTA04 Android/Replicant port
has seen quite some improvements since our last snapshot release in
February 2015. Here comes a summary of the changes since the last
announced testing snapshot:

* System: Initial power-saving tweaks (sensor power, C-states)
* System: Configure hardware voice routing (A4+), for good in-call sound
* System: Autoload hw-/swrouting audio settings, depending on device
* System: Enforce min. brightness, to avoid 'screen off' confusion
* System: Add a fast charge daemon 'batteryd', to detect wall-chargers
* System: Automatic screen rotation, using accelerometer (BMA180)
* Sensors: Implement & calibrate ITG3200 gyroscope
* Sensors: Calibrate BMA180 accelerometer
* Sensors: Add HMC5883L compass (still uncalibrated)
* Sensors: Present only one accelerometer (BMA180), LIS302 as fallback
* RIL: Network speed reporting (G/E/3G/H)
* RIL: signal strength reporting
* RIL: Multi-line USSD (i.e. Prepaid menus if you call *100#)
* Kernel: enable buffered IIO
* Kernel: install ITG3200 & HMC5883L interrupts
* Kernel: read ITG3200 & HMC5883L IIO data on data_rdy trigger

As you can see, this new testing snapshot contains quite a few changes
across the board (System, Sensors, RIL, Kernel) and should provide all
the functionality needed in daily life. The release is not yet
rock-solid and some glitches are to be expected here and there. Still,
I'd like to encourage you to try this system in some situations of your
daily life and report all your findings, bugs and expectations here on
the list, so we can continue to polish this free operating system for
our free phone!

If you appreciate what you see here, I'd like to kindly ask you to
consider making a donation to the GTA04 project. The GTA04 project is
run by Goldelico, who is sponsoring my work on this project. Your
donations will help to keep our efforts going and support projects such
as Android porting, Kernel upstreaming, project representation at
conferences and more. Donations can be made here:


=== Download ===

=== Installation ===
The installation of this single-partition system is very easy and plays
nicely with other installed OSes (multi-boot):
* mount an empty (ext2/3/4 formatted) SD card partition to /media/roofs
* download 20150628-replicant+hwrouting+sensors.tbz
* As root/sudo execute the following commands:
  # tar xjvf 20150628-replicant+hwrouting+sensors.tbz -C /media/rootfs/
  # sync
* unmount the SD card and boot your GTA04 with it

Alternatively, you can make use of the 'makesd' script [1] to prepare a
SD card for you:
* DEV=/dev/sdX ./makesd -v latest replicant

=== Documentation ===

=== Changelog & Issues ===

=== Get involved ===
We're a small team, always looking for your support, be it code,
testing, documentation or donations [2]. If you'd like to get involved,
please have a look at the documentation page.

-- Munich, 2015-06-29

Kind regards,
  Lukas Märdian

[1] http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-makesd/
[2] https://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=GTA04%3ADonation

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