MeeGo on OMAP4 PandaBoard


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Presented at MeeGo Post Conf 2010 - DFW, covers a bit of the status of porting MeeGo on PandaBoard, challenges and directions taken. it also covers future directions for the same.

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MeeGo on OMAP4 PandaBoard

  1. 1. Presented by: MeeGo on OMAP4 PandaBoard Nishanth Menon Irc Nick: NishanthMenon 20101129
  2. 2. Agenda ● MeeGo and PandaBoard – was it easy? ● Challenges Faced ● Directions Taken ● Current Status and future directions ● Short Preview
  3. 3. MeeGo and PandaBoard Was it easy? ● Big upstream focused Team ● TI world wide development – Dallas, Mexico, India, France, .... ● Development for Ubuntu, Android, Angstrom,..... ● Small MeeGo focused Team ● 4-5 members from India, Dallas, Mexico ● Does not really need huge investment to enable if upstream focused ● Decision early on to be a community focused platform – hardware and software :) - PandaBoard was a blessing! ● Thank you MeeGo community – our experience was good!
  4. 4. Challenges faced 1/2 ● Big Corporations do not move fast enough for upstream – TI inclusive ● Inhouse code is easier to do than upstream – you just need your platform to work! Upstream is compromise, better quality and harder to achieve ● Meaning of upstream varies ● Some folks call upstream == “submitted to ML”!! ● Upstream is not very predictable – A manager's worst nightmare: put a schedule around upstreamed features! ● Features in upstream may not be as fancy and usable as “private code” versions!
  5. 5. Challenges faced 2/2 ● Surprise: Kernel upstream support for display and EHCI was not ready! No display == no UI! ● MeeGo is constantly evolving – kernel(2.6.35) Vs kernel- dev(2.6.37-rc1) – TI upstream leverage ● New platforms on a brand new OS has surprises as well: ● Mic2 and libgparted story – boot sector formatting for mmc cards! ● -show-cursor option in apps – developers did not really think for handset UI to be used with a mouse and keyboard ● Etc.. ● More importantly – putting Symbian and Android developers into MeeGo development – world of difference – for the better :)
  6. 6. Decisions made in PandaBoard MeeGo● Team split into two: ● Upstream is more important – TI team split into long term objective of upstream version of MeeGo on PandaBoard. Agenda: – Work with development teams inside TI to identify components that are critical to upstream and force the issue to take place – realities of a corporate world. – Work with the community to help enable features using upstream components – upstream should mean more beyond “nice looking code”! ● Private-demo – showcase what TI internal code can do with MeeGo (TI internal code based on 2.6.35 helps) ●
  7. 7. Current Status and directions: Upstream version ● Basic shell prompt – all using upstream versions ● Focus kernel ● EHCI support posted to appropriate ML – expected to make 2.6.38-rc1 ● Display support over DVI – framework patches posted upstream – hopefully by 2.6.38-rc1 – few more follow on upstream patches required ● WLAN – to be worked on ● Focus gstreamer/mm: ● Gstreamer 0.11 support patches in the works – but long term ● Short team 0.10 support needs to be worked out. ● Focus UI: ● Enable IVI, netbook? ● Enable SGX ● Focus Build: move to IMG/BOSS
  8. 8. Current Status and directions: TI private version ● Full UI up with HDMI– basic apps work, network works ● Future directions: ● SGX enablement ● MM playback capability ● Wlan security access points ● Pulseaudio integration ● Maybe modem integration?? ● Even probably switch to Blaze development platform
  9. 9. 99 Quick view: TI private demo
  10. 10. 1010 Contribute as a platform developer ● ● – TRM, DM, schematics, Order it as well! ● Initial OMAP4 support in meego OBS and staging ● IRC : ● #pandaboard – pandaboard specific ● #linux-omap – anything linux and omap specific ● #meego – anything meego specific ● #meego-arm – anything meego and arm specific (including meego on pandaboard)
  11. 11. • Designed as a vehicle for mobile software development • Community support for various Linux-based distributions; like MeeGo • Dual-core performance, SMP support, open source foundation, community-driven support • Out-of-the-box 1080p, WLAN, Bluetooth® technology features and more • Available through distributors It’s all about community! Introducing the world’s first open, OMAP™ 4 processor-based mobile software development platform Thank you