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Author: Merlijn Wajer
To: Pavel Machek
CC: maemo-leste
Subject: Re: [maemo-leste] Fourth state update

On 02/09/18 00:11, Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
>> I believe this is also the very first mail to the list... :-)
>> We've just published a fourth status update, here:
>>     https://maemo-leste.github.io/maemo-leste-fourth-update-july-august-2018.html

>> The N900 images linked in that update should now boot to a
>> hildon-desktop with functioning wifi(icd2 backed by wpa_supplicant).
>> After a (first) reboot, the virtual keyboard (hildon-input-method)
>> should also work, once enabled from the settings!
>> Booting on the N900 still takes more than a few minutes due to some
>> PowerVR bugs.
> Thanks for heads up. Boot takes a few minutes, and produces scary
> backtrace in the process. But it boots and system is slow but
> usable. Good.

The backtrace happens sometimes, but it doesn't seem have any effect on
PowerVR functioning. PowerVR is still a bit sluggish, but it's ways
faster than using mesa software rendering. We'll get it to work better
in the near future, at least, that is the hope. But for now it's "good
enough" that it's better to focus on other parts.

> Hmm, I can turn it off by long press of power button. But I don't know
> how to turn it back on. It boots ok after I remove/reinsert battery.

Yeah, this is something we have to fix for the alpha. I also found that
'shutdown -h' causes the device to reboot, rather than shutdown. Current
thought is that it might be related to watchdogs that we use/set.

> I can set up an wifi connection and it seems to actually work. Wow!
> Hmm, it would be nice to have some kind of web browser in default
> installation. I tried installing midori, but ran out of disk space.

Yes, wifi should work more or less. There is still wl1251-cal to provide
better performance, but we ran into inexplicable issues with udev, where
loading on boot doesn't work (except when run from a script when strace
is used), but on udev reload it does. Might be related to (lib)cal locking.

As for web browser, I have no suggestions right now...

As for the disk space issue, there is a resize script on the latest
image, but it doesn't actually do the right thing. We should fix that soon.

You can do a live resize/repartition without rebooting/remounting. Just
use fdisk, delete the rootfs partition, place it back on the same block,
but with a larger end block. Then partprobe /dev/mmcblk1 and then
resize2fs /dev/mmcblk1p2