Qtopia / Qt Extended on FreeRunner
On 18 July 2008, Qtopia released the latest flash image for the FIC Neo Freerunner (gta02) containing the Qtopia 4.3.2 snapshot of 17 July 2008 (GPL version).
This image can successfully make and receive calls and text messages. It can read all contacts from the SIM card (which the updated 2007.2 does not appear to be able to do). It contains apps that appear to be more stable than the ones found in the 2007.2 image. It has multiple input methods that appear to be more mature. It does not, however, have a web browser or a GPS application.
Option 1: Flashing Qtopia to FreeRunner
Download the image mentioned above and follow the instructions here: Flashing the Neo FreeRunner
Option 2: Dual-Booting between Qtopia and 2007.2 (Qtopia boots from MicroSD card)
- SSH shell access to 2007.2 based image of the FreeRunner through USB interface or WLAN.
- A Desktop Linux distro (to unpack the .jffs2 image, I ran Ubuntu under VMWare)
Preparing the SD card
Unpacking the Qtopia Root Filesystem Image
Download the Qtopia FLASH image from Latest Images#Qtopia image from qtopia.net to your Linux box and extract its contents:
tar xzf qtopia-4.3.2-gta02-flash-07172049.tgz
You should now have two files:
Now extract the root file system from the jffs2 using the commands found at here.
Now, tar up the root filesystem:
tar czf qtopia-4.3.2-gta02-rootfs-07172049.tar.gz -C <mountpoint> .
Where <mountpoint> is the location where the jff2 filesystem was mounted.
Installing Root Filesystem
Transfer this compressed tarball to the second partition of the MicroSD that is mounted on the FreeRunner:
scp qtopia-4.3.2-gta02-rootfs-07172049.tar.gz firstname.lastname@example.org:/media/mmcblk0p2/
Log in to your FreeRunner and unpack the root filesystem:
cd /media/mmcblk0p2 tar xzf qtopia-4.3.2-gta02-rootfs-07172049.tar.gz rm qtopia-4.3.2-gta02-rootfs-07172049.tar.gz rm -f /media/mmcblk0p2/boot/*
Note: the last step removes the kernel image from the second partition. For some reason, U-Boot cannot find the uImage.bin file in the first partition if a kernel image exists in the second partition boot/ directory.
From your Linux box, rename uImage-2.6.24+git18+9c058ff0d2641df3c36fc3300acb72078d2c41d4-r0-om-gta02.bin to uImage.bin and copy it to the boot/ on the first partition of the MicroSD card.
mv uImage-2.6.24+git18+9c058ff0d2641df3c36fc3300acb72078d2c41d4-r0-om-gta02.bin uImage.bin scp uImage.bin email@example.com:/media/card/boot/
Booting into Qtopia
Now shutdown the FreeRunner
shutdown -h now
Log into U-Boot in the NOR Flash to boot from the MicroSD card: (instructions from Booting the Neo FreeRunner)
- Press and hold Power button
- Then while still pressing the Power button, press and hold AUX button for 5 to 8 seconds.
- A boot menu will appear.
- Press the AUX button to select "Boot from MicroSD" and then press the Power button to execute.
Qtopia should now boot.
Note: you may get a kernel panic which says that "optional features not supported". If this is the case, boot back into 2007.2 and run
umount /dev/mmcblk0p2 fsck.ext3.e2fsprogs /dev/mmcblk0p2
This will clean up the file system and clear recovery flags in ext3 that ext2 does not support, then try booting from the MicroSD again.