Eshopen alpha image for the Freerunner

freerunner

As i said in my recent post, the sapwood issue with the freerunner have been solved. And the Mer project is ready to release a first tarball which contains the rootfs and the kenrel for the freerunner.

The tarball is hosted by eshopen.com, a freerunner reseller i work with, and can be downloded from here. You need at least a 512 MB microsd to install it. Your Freerunner must have qi installed, to install it just download qi, power on the freerunner pressing the AUX button, connect your freerunner with usb cable and run:

sudo dfu-util -d 0x1d50:0x5119 -a u-boot -R -D qi-s3c6410-andy_8589b40295653557.udfu

After that you can take a microsd, plug on your pc, mount it and do:

cd MOUNTPOINT

sudo tar -xvzf PATH/OF/THE/TARBALL/mer-freerunner-20090603-alpha.tar.gz

You can now plug the microsd and Mer should start.

Known Issues:

  1. No phone stack ATM
  2. Keyboard is not usable

From a recent talk in #mer on irc.freenode.net it seems that a keyboard engine has been found and we are working on layouts for this engine, you can find more specs at the mer forum.

I’m working to speed the development setting up a x86 virtual image of Mer having the same screen resolution and space of the Freerunner one, so there will be no need to have a Freerunner to develop anymore (and you can use hardware acceleration for tests and rapid development.)

The image will make you able to connect via ssh via the usb link. To do so just boot Mer and then do:

sudo ifconfig usb0 192.168.2.1

ssh root@192.168.2.2

Password is rootme. You will have a full ubuntu system in your hand afterwards…

To start surfing the web from Mer just do these commands in your linux box:

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

sudo iptables -A POSTROUTING -t nat -j MASQUERADE -s 192.168.2.0/24

And you will be able to share your network connection via the usb cable which connects the Freerunner with your pc.

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