[ILUG-BOM] Request to kernel developers for help
stargazer.dave at gmail.com
Wed May 18 18:15:28 IST 2011
Most of you must be aware of the Indian tech startup Notion Ink, which has
released its much-awaited nVIDIA Tegra 2 based tablet, Adam, which runs on
Android 2.2. You must also be aware that Google has not released the source
code of Honeycomb (Android 3.0), claiming that much work needs to be done,
but some large hardware manufacturers like Motorola, Acer, Asus etc. already
have access, and have released their Honeycomb tablets based on nVIDIA Tegra
2 to a great public reception.
The Adam tablet is technically as capable as the rest of the Tegra 2
devices, but it suffers from lack of access to the latest operating system.
On the other hand, Notion Ink has been supportive of efforts by hackers to
improve upon the device software, which has given us various alternative
ROMs, root access, etc.
As of now, the community of hackers organised around the forum at
http://tabletroms.com is focusing its effort on porting Honeycomb to the
Adam and other 'left out' tablets.
This work is being done by tweaking the system dumps obtained out of the
existing Honeycomb tablets, and so far, there has been substantial progress
in getting it to run on the Adam.
As you may read on the thread above, there is still lots of work to be done
to have a stable system, and much of this concerns the kernel.
The community is running short of experienced hands at kernel development,
and would like to solicit your help in the kernel development effort. If
you are an experienced kernel developer with interest in Android or embedded
systems, you could be an ideal candidate. In fact, the community has
chipped in to create a bounty for a fully working instance of Honeycomb,
with amounts set aside for different aspects of the OS.
We know that the chief motivators for open source contributors are
knowledge, community building and recognition, not money. However, it
always helps to show our gratitude for your contribution, apart from
actually using it. Many members have also demonstrated good spirit by
sending donations to student developers and others that have been helping
maintain the forum and development out of their own pockets.
If any of you feel that the likely end results are worth the effort, please
feel free to visit the forum or IRC at
ps: If you are interested in the device itself, some owners are willing to
sell their tablets as they have access to other alternative models.
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