HTC HD2 Hacked To Run MeeGo Linux
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith ported the open source operating system to the Windows Mobile smartphone.
Knowing the HD2 hardware is similar to that of the Nexus One -- which already can run MeeGo -- Troughton-Smith decided to experiment with running the Linux operating system on HTC's hardware. The developer followed the instructions on MeeGo's wiki page.
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"I didn't deviate much from the instructions at all, except for having the kickstart file produce an ext2 image," Troughton-Smith said, in his step-by-step directions and video. "Using the latest kernel from Ubuntu for HD2, and a slightly modified initrd.gz from the same package, I combined these with the MeeGo rootfs image, and with a little tweaking I got as far as the homescreen."
Initially, there were touchscreen problems. In order to run apps, Troughton-Smith installed Android's adb daemon and got a shell over USB. By using a different kernel, the developer saw some improvement, but still is working through some problems, said Troughton-Smith.
In addition, the developer -- who is responsible for Orbit, Stack, Grace, Lights Off, SameGame, Speed, Nuker, Chalk, and Doom -- encountered issues with Wi-Fi, graphics, and acceleration, he said.
"The HD2 seems unique in its hacking potential, as it can run Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Phone 7, Android, Ubuntu, and now MeeGo - if you ever get a chance to pick up one of these devices, do," said Troughton-Smith.
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