[Gta04-owner] Replicant for GTA04?

Alishams Hassam alishams.hassam at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 00:13:55 CET 2011


On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM, Neil Jerram <neil at ossau.homelinux.net>wrote:

> PaulK <paulk at paulk.fr> writes:
>
> > Well, it would be about running Replicant 2.3 on the device.
> > That means pretty much CyanogenMod (we just remove the non-free
> device-specific stuff from Cyanogenmod, which are not necessary for GTA04)
> on Gingerbread version.
> >
> > After some work, I expect the following to work (via Android UI):
> > * Audio (ALSA should be no problem)
> > * Modem, including 3G (Standard AT will be easy to support)
> > * GPS (NMEA is standard and doable)
> > * Usable UI. Even though Replicant is slow, 800Mhz should be enough, and
> we could use 0xdroid (free) accelerated gralloc component to make it faster.
> >
> > That would be the very minimum. With some more work (I can't really tell
> in advance), we can expect:
> > * WiFi and Bluetooth support (these require a non-free firmware that we
> are not going to ship, but the kernel will load it if present)
> > * Sensors support (it should be ok if there are free drivers that aren't
> just pass-through and if there is doc)
> > * Advanced power managment (ie: taking care of doing proper
> suspend/resume, etc)
> >
> > And here is a list of what I won't commit support for:
> > * 3D acceleration (using non-free OMAP PowerVR libs for Android)
> >
> > I'll probably take a very stable kernel (like the hw validation one),
> even though it's not the more recent one. As I'm the only Replicant
> developer, I prefer to use the work other people did on the kernel and
> focus on user-space integration more than working on both kernel and
> userspace.
> >
> > As it was already mentioned on the list, it would certainly help the
> project to have an Android system available ;)
>
> Thanks, that's interesting.  I think QtMoko is around this level of
> function too, but it will be nicer overall to have two workable
> distributions for GTA04.  (And SHR for the moment appears to be still in
> stealth mode...)
>
> I'd be willing to contribute 50 euros towards a device for you to be
> able to do this.  Clearly that's not enough on its own, but maybe others
> might contribute too?
>
> I will pitch in 50 Eur as well to get Paulk a board if he commits to
getting Android usable. That's 100 EUR in this so far ;)

Paulk, this might be a bit early but do you want to start a project on
kickstarter / whatever is similar for your region for this? If you get
something up, I'll commit to send e-mails to various sites and lists
"advertising" this.
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