Mer is being ported to Freerunner, thanks to the support of Eshopen distributor of OpenMoko in Italy, by Vincenzo Ampolo (goshawk) and Carsten M. Munk (Stskeep).
The latest release 0.15 can be downloaded from http://wiki.maemo.org/Mer/Releases/0.15#Installation_guide
Installing to sd-card.
Empty sd card. Unpack mer-armel-freerunner-rootfs-v0.15.tar.gz to card. (Use card reader. Or if you have freerunner running, download image (125M) straight on card and run with root privileges: gunzip mer-armel-freerunner-rootfs-v0.15.tar.gz (takes 6min) tar xf mer-armel-freerunner-rootfs-v0.15.tar.gz (takes 11min)
You can also:
Empty sd card. Unpack only the gzip file in your computer, run gunzip mer-armel-freerunner-rootfs-v0.15.tar.gz Use ssh and tar to decompress the file, run in your computer: cat mer-armel-freerunner-rootfs-v0.15.tar | ssh email@example.com "cd /mnt/card ; tar xvf -"
You need qi-boot menu installed. Then just turn phone on. First boot takes time. It shows error/warning about missing BOOT, but it is booting! When it ask username and password click text field and you will get on-screen-keyboard. Then it restart X and you are in.
Press mer-text on upper left corner to application menu (there are only xterm in utilities).
It is Ubuntu, so you are normal user in admin group. Use sudo and your user password to maintenance.
WiFi are not working. It doesn't have ifconfig. Usb-networking(usb0) might work with 192.168.2.14 (as desktop) and 192.168.2.15 (as freerunner) in your connect-script. You can change this at /etc/network/interfaces. The default root-passwd should be "rootme".
The only way to shutdown might be removing battery or type "sudo shutdown -h xx:xx" in X Terminal. (2009/08/07) A Simple "halt" worked as root over ssh (for me).
You can read the Mer wiki page about Freerunner for up-to-date info
A lot of work is still to be done. Developers are now focused on the creation of a usable keyboard and porting the FSO framework in Mer.
The first alpha image can be downloaded and installed with following instructions:
(User:RzR) was able to make a demo and to provide a bootable image of Mer for Freerunner. Download it to your sdcard and boot it! And check out the video demo at: