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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Terry, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Terry

    Terry Newbie
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    OK, I know I'm a noob (some might say nob), but I've been hanging around on #i7500 and fancy getting into poking around with some of the stuff that's being talked about regarding android 2.x on the galaxy. The problem is I have no idea where to start.

    So the big question is what am I going to need to get into it?
    Treat me like an idiot, because I am. I pretty much know nothing right now so if someone could take some time to give a run down of the basics that would be very much appreciated.

    For starters.... Do I need to be running Linux? If so, should it be on the metal or will a VM do? I can do either. I have some experience with Debian and Ubuntu, so getting a system running is not a problem. I assume I will need the Samsung sources and Google's android 2.0 sources. What other software will I need? I see talk of an arm tool chain, so I guess I'll be needing that?

    I know this is a big ask, but if I can get a bit of info to get the ball rolling, I can ask more sensible questions as I get more with it. Some stuff I'm sure I'll be able to find my own way (Google) with, I just need someone to throw me a rope to get started. :)

    I shall continue to lurk on the #i7500 channel because I feel there's stuff to learn there, even for me.

    I can help by making donations, I just don't feel very involved and I would like to be.

    Thanks for any offers of help/pity, I'll take anything I can get.

    Regards Terry.

  2. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

    Don't consider this post as the answer to your question, because I'm as confused as you are about all this. But I can tell you what I know so far.

    So. They say it's best to use Linux. It doesn't have to be on metal. VM will do. On this link there is a guide on how to build a kernel for Galaxy. I had some troubles with it, but finally I managed to build it, so if you get stuck, maybe I can help.

    And there my knowledge of this subject pretty much stops. :) I know the ROM is not just kernel. There are libraries, application framework, runtime and who knows what :) on top of it. How to make all that into a ROM image that is flashable I have no idea. Have been searching to find some info on that, but found nothing useful.

    So I will too ask anyone who knows a bit more about all that stuff to give us some hint. Anything will do: some link, tip, rumor. :)

  3. informale

    informale Android Enthusiast

    Guys, you might have missed that I suppose.

    I think you should join the site and the channel mentioned in the quote.
  4. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

    Yep. Already did that yesterday (and currently on #I7500). Site is still empty for the moment. But isn't there some prerequisites to participate on there. That's to at least know the (how shall I put it...) advanced basics(TM) :)

    I can imagine how annoying it would be for the guys that know this stuff well if someone would constantly keep pestering them with questions like this on IRC. :) So we ask here. Where everyone can read it anytime.
  5. Terry

    Terry Newbie
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    Cool, that receptorBlog link looks like a big help. I think I'll start there, thanks screaminbug for that. I'll continue to lurk on freenode.net #i7500 picking up bits of info here and there, and besides it's quite entertaining at times. screaminbug, I feel the same about asking this stuff on irc, it was setup for devs to collaborate, not to waste time answering questions such as mine.

    informale: I did check out that site but the i7500 forum is empty, having said that I guess a lot of what I want to find out at this stage applies quite generally and not just to the i7500. I will look again with this in mind.

    Cheers guys. Appriciate the help. :D
  6. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

    There's no one there. And now DNS even won't resolve it's hostname.

    Code (Text):
    1. tomislav@Studio:~$ nslookup http://www.sdx-developers.com
    2. Server:
    3. Address:
    5. ** server can't find http://www.sdx-developers.com   NXDOMAIN
    So you think this is not the right a place to ask this kind of questions. Well, maybe you're right (this is not a dev forum, after all). But I can't think of a better place right now as all this porting 2.0 to galaxy enthusiasm is going on. :)
  7. screaminbug

    screaminbug Well-Known Member

    Yep. Android in general. Be sure to post any new findings. I'll do the same.
  8. Terry

    Terry Newbie
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    No name resolving issues here, SDX site still loads up fine for me.

    No, I think this forum is the place to ask these questions. I was saying the #i7500 irc channel isn't the place for me right now, not with my noob questions. :eek: I just lurk....

    I will be sure to post anything I find that others treading this path may find of use.

    I'm currently installing ubuntu 9.10 (32 bit) and hitting google for more general android info.

    Thanks again for the help :)
  9. Terry

    Terry Newbie
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