[Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

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[Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby crimsonredmk » Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:32 pm

This guide is taken directly from community member wejp's blog.

NOTE: This guide has yet to be updated for the latest version of Arch Linux ARM, 2011.06.

As it seems that quite a few people are interested in running Arch Linux on the Pandora, I have prepared a ready-to-run rootfs for the Pandora.

All you need to do is extract the archive onto a ext2 formatted SD card. You can do that from your Pandora console or any Linux computer with a SD card reader.

Download - 150 MB, md5sum: aea0f41e8a5bb5e15235099144a52bc9

To extract that archive, you will need an SD card with at least 1 GB capacity. It needs to be ext2 formatted. You should extract the archive as root, e.g.
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$ su
Password:
# mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdcarddevice
# mount /dev/sdcarddevice /media/sdcard
# cd /media/sdcard
# tar xvf /path/to/plugapps-pandora-wejp-20110319.tar.xz
# cd
# umount /media/sdcard


Once you have extracted the archive, insert the SD card into the Pandora's first SD slot. Then press (and hold down) the right shoulder button and turn on the Pandora with the power switch. A boot menu should appear where you can choose to boot from the SD card.

I have preconfigured the system a little. It boots into X, with the Slim login manager, the OpenBox window manager and the tint2 panel. Furthermore, I have included dmenu which you can open by pressing the Pandora button. To add programs to that menu, simply edit /etc/dmenu.conf and add one program/command per line.

To use the system login with “user” as both username and password. For the root user the password is “root”.

I have configured the left nub to act as a mouse and the A and B buttons to act as the left and right mouse buttons. Sometimes the nub does not work as expected. It seems that power-cycling the device or first booting into the default OS and then rebooting into Arch helps in that case.

I did not configure the touchscreen, but it should be possible to use that as well. You can also use USB mice and keyboards (connected through a USB 2.0 hub).

I have compiled a 2.6.37.2 kernel with additional Pandora specific patches. The old 2.6.27.46 kernel that is being used by the default Pandora OS causes trouble with modern userlands.

Wireless LAN works with that kernel, Bluetooth does not. To configure wireless networks either use wpa_supplicant (which is already installed), or install some other (graphical) wireless configuration tool. You can find some information about using wpa_supplicant in my Zipit Z2 Arch Linux ARM article.
Remember, Arch Linux ARM is completely donation-supported, and is totally awesome.
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Re: [Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby CPUnltd » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:31 am

I am pretty sure I was able to do a full update to current software from the repos recently, but I think I broke something as I'm having no luck getting online now... just recently got a class 10 8GB card and intend on setting up shop on that with the "current" image and updating to all the latest software to see if I run into any issues... will toss on my usual AUR packages (since packer builds on this just fine) and seeing what I can run on this thing after the update... Hopefully wifi will continue to work... my biggest issue so far has been mounting storage devices. I have yet to get an SD card or flash drive to mount at all and I'm not sure what's missing... I have not seen any other topics started on this setup, so I may start one or two once I get back into playing with it on my Pandora so I can post recent and relevant topics on issues I run into...
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Re: [Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby CPUnltd » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:27 am

There was just a recent update to the rootfs that was released for Pandora... I have not personally had a chance to test it out as of yet... It's now running on kernel 3.2... providing a link to the original devs page, though it's not loading on my computers at all atm... it's been noted on the gp32x.com forums and, I believe, on the openpandora forums... if anyone else is able to find direct links (actually technically busy getting X working on an efika) before I get around to it, that would be great... Wanna keep this conversation alive!




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Re: [Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby Tempel » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:22 pm

I just put together a new rootfs based on packages built by community member Cloudef. Thread here, and download here. It's a little more minimal than wejp's original rootfs, but installation instructions are mostly the same. Note that there's also a tool to install it or other rootfses to an SD card automatically.
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Re: [Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby CPUnltd » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:21 pm

Glad to hear there's still some efforts to make this happen/possible... I've been consumed by my computer store and have not been able to make time to help out with this. Hopefully things will settle down soon and I'll be able to return...
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Re: [Out-of-date] Installation on a Pandora

Postby CPUnltd » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:41 am

Just happened upon the fairly updated conversation on the OpenPandora forums. Glad to see this is still steadily moving ahead. As I'm able to make more time, I wish to get back into helping with this project in the ways I am able to. So expect to hear from me about this (preferably before summer) project sometime soon! :D I'd like to see something, eventually, that is installable onto the nand, even if only the more static parts of the install (/boot, etc).
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