January 27, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Tools kits that are installed on computers can be a little screwy. While some are better than others, almost all come with some form of set back, be it the computer operating system restriction or the kitchen not being compatible with all phones.
That’s the problem XDA Senior Member DieHappy is trying to fix. Knives and Forks Android Tools For Everyone is a tool kit that is compatible across Windows, OSX and Linux and is slowly becoming compatible with more and more phones with the goal of supporting all of them.
The project is far from complete, but it is an active work in progress. DieHappy says:
This first release is rather limited in features. All you can use it for right now is installing ADB and drivers for your device.
The next step for this project will be rooting, then rom customizing, but I am open to your feedback and suggestions.
So there is far more support coming for this spunky application and some changes being added can be considered pretty exciting for people who like to tinker and develop.
If you’d like to check out this application to give it a try or just keep tabs on its development, you can find installation instructions for all 3 major operating systems, download links, and a complete change log in the original thread.
January 14, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Everyone that wants to be involved with development has got to start somewhere, and for users who own an Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch, there’s a place for you.
XDA Member shanenielson1234 has written a thorough set of instructions for the aspiring developer who wants to learn how to compile a kernel. This has been attempted before by others, but they include things like a script that does all the work for you which leaves the aspiring developers no room to learn and no room to modify.
This method is more complete and requires the users performing the tutorial to go through each step themselves in order to get a feel for how it is really done. It opens the doors for those who want to improve on that process by writing their own script or allows modification of files within the kernel, which is something a compile script just won’t let you do.
For the complete tutorial, download links to essential kernel compiling files, and discussion with users who have begun or completed this tutorial, you can find everything you need in the original thread. Before you begin, though, be sure you’re running Ubuntu (or some distro of Linux) or at least have it operational in a Virtual Box. Also, as part of the tutorial, you’ll be flashing your kernel to your phone after you make it and flashing kernels is always a little dangerous. So be sure you do the usual flashing preparation, such as creating a Nandroid backup, before you begin.
At last glance, people who took advantage of the super awesome clearance sale of the HP Touchpad have the option of keeping WebOS on their tablets or throwing some CyanogenMod goodness on there.
Now, Touchpad owners have yet another option for their increasingly versatile tablets and that option is Arch Linux ARM. XDA Member crimsonredmk has released an alpha release of the popular operation system that’s HP Touchpad compatible. Being an alpha release, of course, means that there’s a few bugs and kinks that still need to be worked out, including:
So if you can live without a few things for the time being and this looks like something you would like to try out, you can find a full changelog, installation instructions, additional details and screenshots in the original thread found here. Also, as crimsonredmk says:
Read the README and make sure you understand what works and what does not.
So be sure to read all the documentation before attempting so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Not too shabby for a device that’s been discontinued multiple times. Sadly, they don’t sell these anymore so if this is the development you’ve been waiting on to buy one, you’re now stuck surfing eBay or Craigslist.
December 23, 2011 By: Joseph Hindy
XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler has updated the popular Linux Tool, Unbreakable Resurrector. This will take the newest brick woes of Nexus S users and make them a thing of the past. The only catch? You gotta have Linux, and preferably Ubuntu. Thankfully, the ever helpful AdamOutler has provided links to everything you need in the original thread .
The process seems simple enough, so there isn’t a learning curve or a worry about it being noob friendly. That should be a sigh of relief for those who aren’t ROM flashing aficionados or, like myself, are among those who spend way too much time on XDA.
For more info, check out that link to the original thread. If you’ve been a victim of the rare, but dreaded, bricked Nexus S and have used this tool, feel free to chime in and let us know how it worked for you!
The Vogue has been a device gifted with more lives than a cat. Not only it is the bed for some of the best Android ports available for WM, but as of recently, it can also load some Linux distros. In this case, XDA member gTan64 has been successfully running Debian in his Vogue for some time and decided to share the instructions to do this. Unfortunately, this is not a simple click and run kind of procedure, and you need to make sure that you have some knowledge of Linux prior to going into this. However, the guide is very well laid out and the thread is located in a section supported by many devs who are very proficient in this area. As with any of these ports, there are bugs expected so be prepared.
I’ve been running Debian natively from my SD card for a while, so I decided I’d share the [relatively easy] instructions. First, though, here’s the status of the hardware support..
If you’re willing to wait indefinitely for those things to be fixed (or if you don’t care), all you need is a Debian chroot on an EXT2-formatted SD card and my special NBH. The NAND should also work*, but Debian probably wouldn’t fit on it. These instructions should also work for Ubuntu, Gentoo, FSO/OpenMoko, Angstrom, ARMedSlack, Fedora, or what have you – the only requirements are ARMv6 or lower and a semi-standard root filesystem layout (i.e. /sbin/init).
You can find more information and the full guide on the original thread.
The ‘Rhobuntu’ project, which works on porting the popular Ubuntu Linux distro to devices including the Touch Pro 1 and 2, the Diamond and similar devices, has recently been re-energised with a bunch of updates. The most important part of these updates is the Ubuntu update to version 9.04, making the project almost up-to-date with the latest stable release for full-sized machines.
In addition, the update makes establishing a WiFi connection much less hassle-free, while also reducing some of the bloatware found on earlier builds. Setting up a 3G internet connection is now also easier than ever, and the system as a whole is substantially faster.
Functionality varies between devices, and users of phones other than the Rhodium should find the Rhobuntu thread specific to their device in their own respective forums. Continue on to the original thread for the Rhodium for more information on this update.
Much like with the XDANDROID project, which works on porting Android to much-loved Windows Mobile devices such as the Raphael, Blackstone, Rhodium and Diamond, various members of the forum have been working together to port the complete Ubuntu Linux distro to a range of handsets.
This originated with fatsal‘s port to Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1, but support and development has grown substantially and the operating system is now working (with varying degrees of functionality) on several other devices.
The port operates very similarly to that of Android. Users must put the relevant system files into the root of their SD card, and run haret.exe to boot into Linux. WiFi support should be fixed for all devices, but the touchscreen must be used like a trackpad to move the cursor. Obviously, calls and texts cannot be made through Ubuntu as it is designed as a complete PC OS, not a mobile OS.
For your own device, please see the respective thread, read the given instructions very carefully (as they differ between devices) and remember to download the appropriate zImage:
Rhodium users should also read the Wiki entry on Ubuntu for Rhodium
Don’t worry if your device isn’t currently featured: the project is still growing and it is very likely to span to other devices in the coming weeks.