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CyanogenMod 7 Work-In-Progress for Lenovo Ideapad A1
It’s pretty much apropos for all new and high end devices to get a CyanogenMod ROM of some sort. Most will get CyanogenMod7 and we’ve been following the releases of CyanogenMod9.
Well, XDA members of the Lenovo Ideapad A1 aren’t going to be left behind. XDA Member gmarkall has begun work compiling CyanogenMod7 for the spunky tablet and its users.
It’s still a work in progress and there isn’t a flashable zip for the ROM yet, but based on updates over the last few days, gmarkall is making progress. As the to-do list states:
This is just a beginning of a list, but I think the things that need to be worked on at the moment are:
Modify the Cyanogenmod build to be able to create a suitable update.zip for the A1.
Try flashing the update.zip, see what works, what doesn’t, build a list of non-working things, and then fix them one-by-one.
Since CWM for the A1 doesn’t yet support backups of the ramdisk, it would be handy to create an update.zip to restore the original Lenovo ramdisk.
So for those who are toting the Lenovo Ideapad A1 and can’t wait for CyanogenMod goodness, you’ll want to keep an eye on the original thread for updates and details. Also, for any developers who want to help finish the project, there’s a link for an IRC channel to join for collaboration purposes.
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