While I’ve been a bit busy with work (I currently work on Lightstreamer for Weswit if you don’t know), with Rigo Browser, the next-gen (cough cough) Visual Entropy App Manager (in poor words, the Sulfur replacement — another blog post will follow) and with other zillions of things I daily do…
…while all this, I’ve been eventually able to hook in the first EfikaMX ARM image (X-less for now) on our ISO/Image build server. You should expect to hit our mirrors next Monday, under the iso/daily directory. You will need to update your u-boot version to the latest and greatest (See Genesi docs around) to get it boot, this because I actually use ext3 as boot partition (instead of the fugly vfat). The image will be called Sabayon_Linux_DAILY_armv7a_EfikaMX_Base_4GB.img.xz and as the the filename says, it’s suited for 4GB SDHC cards (better if Class 10).
The install procedure is always the same, xzcat over the device and the insert the MMC into the Efika. You will be then able to install the X stack using Entropy (via equo -> equo update && equo install foo).
Of course, I’m already preparing a GNOME3/Cinnamon/E17/who-knows-what-else version of the EfikaMX image. So, just be patient and you’ll get it. Hopefully with GL accell as well.
At the same time, I’m also building up an armel chroot (all our current ARM chroots are armhf – hardfloat ABI), that’s the only way to get GLES working with PowerVR GLES libraries, and eventually be able to get XBMC working on BeagleBoards and PandaBoards (blame those ugly proprietary drivers and libs). If anybody around is interested in helping us with man power on these two new Sabayon chroots, don’t hesitate to contact me or the rest of the team.
This is just a quick and dirty update for those following me in the ARM adventure, the best part has yet to come tho.