[Tinkerphones] Curious

J.V. King mensawasp at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 15 18:34:43 CEST 2018

Speaking of Inferno on Cellphones:

Hellaphone -- Inferno on Android phones


Hellaphone -- Inferno on Android phones - YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF_-jQc53jw>
This is a demonstration of Inferno running on an Android phone. Sandia National Labs has adapted the Inferno operating system to act as a more phone-oriented...

J.V. King

From: Community <community-bounces at tinkerphones.org> on behalf of David Boddie <david at boddie.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2018 12:02 PM
To: community at tinkerphones.org
Subject: Re: [Tinkerphones] Curious

On Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:54:56 +0200, H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:

> What are you currently working on (wrt. to Tinkerphones)?
> What do you expect from doing this? What are you missing
> most? What should happen to make you contribute here more
> actively?

I haven't done much related to Tinkerphones in the last few months. I was
away for a while starting then quitting a new job, so I didn't really plan to
do much.

One of the things I did in preparation for moving away to work was to try and
prepare a more modern Linux kernel and userspace for an old laptop I picked
up at the end of last year: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newit.co.uk%2Fshop%2FEFIKA_MX_Smartbook&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cb3434727ec184230736508d5d2d979ff%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636646753845199329&sdata=7n58m5hEEyN4NMYihzjWels3OqQ9%2BrwooqCJs7c70l8%3D&reserved=0
It's now out of stock at that vendor, and they seemed to be the last place
to sell it. :-( I wanted to pick up a unit before they disappeared

A Debian contributor had ported Jessie to it and I was able to use his
distribution but couldn't reproduce the build myself, which was frustrating.
I also got a modern FreeBSD system running on it thanks to the existing port
that had been done many years ago:


Getting it running was simply a case of using the correct configuration,
reverting a more recent change to USB support and using a custom version of
U-Boot that the developer had made. So there is a way to use an up-to-date
Unix-like system on this old hardware that doesn't involve Linux. ;-)

I also played around with Inferno (https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Finferno-os.org%2Finferno%2Findex.html&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cb3434727ec184230736508d5d2d979ff%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636646753845199329&sdata=DXHSqst9l8VNb2gZ7ZRRxqmEiqTImpstMrJ%2BjhImXII%3D&reserved=0)
again, running it as a guest OS under Linux on the laptop, and trying to do
a native port to the hardware. Inferno is an interesting, but under-explored
system, possibly because keeps some Unix heritage but discards a lot of what
other Unix derivatives need to run software. I keep coming back to it because
I find it fascinating and it contains a lot of technologies that look like
they would be really useful.

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