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A Second Android UCM

Now there are two. Yes, there are now two different UCM prototypes for Android on Pandaboard. But why?  Well, the first, tinyHAL, came out of conversations with Mark Brown and others, as described in my earlier post.  The second came from later discovering that Gabriel Beddingfield had implemented a similar PoC for Blaze. They are both good starts and both have their pluses, and now both run on Pandaboard with the Linaro Android builds.

The first, tinyHAL is available at here.  The second, android-ucm, is available here.  I have also facilitated the relicensing of the dependencies for android-ucm and deposited them here and here.  Please refer to the README in each of these repositories for the instructions on how to build these components in a Linaro Android build.

So, which one should be used and enhanced? Well, I like the XML mapping from android-ucm, and I like the XML configuration formats from tinyHAL. I suspect that the way forward should be to decide the best features, and then combine, refactor, and merge efforts. For now, try them both and see which one you prefer. As always, contributions are always welcome and feel free to contact me or linaro-dev@lists.linaro.org if you have comments.

Ubuntu on PandaBoard

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment
My PandaBoard

My PandaBoard

My PandaBoard still has not yet arrived, but I was able to get a loaner to explore buffers in PulseAudio.  Since it is not mine, I have not mounted it on it’s own fancy custom mounting base platform (cardboard) like I did with my BeagleBoard.  But, the Panda arrives with it’s own fancy little rubber feet that work fine as standoffs. Here’s what it looks like all hooked up.

Once I figured out where to get an Ubuntu image for it, it was pretty easy to get it up and running.  All you have to do is go to the website below and follow the instructions. You will get the Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 image and then write the raw image to a SD card. Simple.

Follow the instructions at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/OMAPMaverickInstall

I did have lots of trouble getting the ubuntu-omap4-extras installed. I could never get the graphical method to work properly, but I did follow the comand line method further down the page on the website listed below and finally got it to install.

Follow the command line installation instructions at: http://www.omappedia.org/wiki/PandaBoard_Ubuntu_PPA

And finally, for help in many areas not covered here, if you have not already, read all you can at: http://www.omappedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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