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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:30 am    Post subject: Install Gentoo on Phone? Reply with quote

I have an android phone (HTC One) with Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz processor and feel comfortable working with Gentoo on all of my desktops.

I don't trust all the junk on this phone by my provider and was wondering if I could clean it all off by putting Gentoo on it, and yet still be able to use it as a phone (or make some kind of use from it). If thats a possibility, please inform. And maybe a few getting started links if at all possible. I'd be curious to know what type of GUI I'd end up with as well.

Any help much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first question that come in mind is 'Do you or can you have the root previleges access on that Android phone?'. Everything I read about embedded Linux on Android phones say it's conditionnal to the possibility to root them or them being rooted.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to this link I found, its seems I should have no problems rooting it. So yes.

http://www.cultofandroid.com/26527/rooting-the-htc-one-the-right-way-how-to/
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried several techniques that came from the Net to root my Samsung Galaxy Ace, I have never been able. So be sure your cellular is rooted before trying anything else.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should be careful about replacing the OS of your phone. In particular, you need to make sure that the telephony stuff itself (the main purpose of carrying around a "phone") will work after you replace it with gentoo.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ppurka wrote:
I think you should be careful about replacing the OS of your phone. In particular, you need to make sure that the telephony stuff itself (the main purpose of carrying around a "phone") will work after you replace it with gentoo.


Heh, that's exactly what I'm trying to do with these posts. I was hoping to understand if its doable and what it would take to get it done before I try anything at all.

I am pretty disappointed with my first smart phone after having "just a phone" forever. Does so much that I don't care to do, and I'm tried of seeing updates and data transfers that I keep turning off. So I want to run it and know it like I do my desktop.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:38 pm    Post subject: Be careful and enjoy! Reply with quote

You have an HTC, maybe this help: [LINUX] Gentoo on your Desire (tutorial)

See also:
[DEV accnounce]Gentoo on Android
[WEBTOP DEV] EternityProject GenTop v0.0.6 PRE-BETA -- Unleash your Gentoo!

Seems there is some people trying to create specific distros for HTC phone too:
Linux port to the HTC Smartphones

Your phone will become an smartphone after this! ;-)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really really won't be able to replace android with gentoo and still have phone functionality.
All those posted tutorials are describing how to run gentoo in a chroot or are more of proof of concept (see the status page of "Linux port to the HTC Smartphones ": http://vivien.chappelier.free.fr/typhoon/status.html )

What you are probably looking for is a custom ROM, a modified anroid version free of manufacturer/ provider footprints. Cyanogenmod could be a good first try.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

olek wrote:
You really really won't be able to replace android with gentoo and still have phone functionality.
All those posted tutorials are describing how to run gentoo in a chroot or are more of proof of concept (see the status page of "Linux port to the HTC Smartphones ": http://vivien.chappelier.free.fr/typhoon/status.html )

What you are probably looking for is a custom ROM, a modified anroid version free of manufacturer/ provider footprints. Cyanogenmod could be a good first try.

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Partially agreed... you won't run Gentoo in a chroot, you will run it parallel to android.


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Gentoo on Android[1] is a project to run Gentoo natively (non-chrooted) in a directory prefix in parallel to (instead of dual boot) Android.
source: [DEV accnounce]Gentoo on Android
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Partially agreed... you won't run Gentoo in a chroot, you will run it parallel to android.

ok, that might serve it's own purposes, but it won't change or replace the existing android installation as well, hence there'll still be
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, he won't have a clean Gentoo install. But will have Gentoo features and will be able to remove junk manually.
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