[MLB-WIRELESS] Linux porting question

vk3pb vk3pb at optusnet.com.au
Mon Dec 21 23:07:20 EST 2009

Here is what I know


It runs Nucleus Plus operating System (whatever that is) and has a MTK 6235 
processor at about 208 Mhz.

Regards Peter

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Vale" <masked at internode.on.net>
To: "Ivy Jane Gardiner" <ivy at carnagevisors.net>
Cc: <melbwireless at wireless.org.au>
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] Linux porting question

> Ivy Jane Gardiner wrote:
>> On 20/12/2009 1:12 PM, peter berrett wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> I am awaiting delivery of a mobile phone - a F003 Chinese Iphone knock 
>>> off.
>>> I am rather intrigued with these phones and woul like to unlock their
>>> potential and that of course means getting Linux to run on them.
>>> I have only used Ubuntu so I am by no leans a Linux expert. I know that
>>> these phones run on a 200 mhz ARM-9 compatible processor and I believe
>>> Lemonix can run on ARM processors.
>>> Has anyone here ported a version of Linux to such a phone and any 
>>> thoughts
>>> on how difficult or otherwise it might be to do so?
>>> The phone in question is here
>>> http://cgi.ebay.com.au/P168-WIFI-TV-DUAL-SIM-Cell-phone-JAVA-F030-F035-i9-f003_W0QQitemZ260521268713QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCell_Phones?hash=item3ca84715e9
>>> It seems to me that with Linux running the phone could do some cool 
>>> things
>>> eg run Skype. A linux blingphone!
>>> Thanks Peter
>> Hi Peter,
>> There are a few versions of linux that do run on the ARM processor, my
>> fav been Maemo, which runs on the Nokia internet tablets (n770 n800 and
>> n810) and on their new phone the N900.
>> I think with this iPhone knockoff, how easy it would be to port linux to
>> it, as I would hazard a guess that there is little info available on
>> this iPhone Knockoff.  The issue with out the hardware specs it's going
>> to be rather difficult to port a distribution to the phone.
>> Just looking at the device, does it even run the iPhone OS? as just
>> looking at the screen, some things just look a little odd that's all.
>> I'm currently playing round with development on the iPod Touch
>> (basically the iPhone without a phone.) and there isn't any publically
>> available hooks to be able to install your own OS.
>> There are "jail broken" version of the iPhone OS around, but I don't
>> think there is enough information available to be able to port linux to
>> the device.
>> Personally if you were looking at a "hackable" ARM/OMAP based device,
>> I'd really recomend having a look at the n810 which I still think can be
>> bought retail in the states and here.
>> The n810 runs a version of debian, and is really quite nice. I've had a
>> lot of fun hacking it.
>> Take Care
>> Ivy Jane Gardiner
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> True.  There is an iPhone Linux port, but as mentioned, writing drivers
> for undocumented parts is not easy.
> There is also the Openmoko Freerunner that runs an embedded linux distro.
> You're best to start out by finding out what exactly the device
> comprises of.  It may already run a *nix OS.
> Re,
> MV.
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