If this page is linked already into some category, I apologize. I wanted to create the page first before making it public.
Just got my brandnew FreeRunner and was jumping head over heels into it ... and discovered - it's not _that_ easy. So I though I write down my story in order to help others get started by mentioning things that might be obvious to the power user but hinder a novice from enjoying the device.
I actually wanted to install Debian right away, but got nowhere. Until I found a hint - update the firmware, before even thinking of installing it :-)
So: Before you can do anything with the phone, you need to update to one of the latest firmwares. And you need a uSD-card. Which immediately leads to the first hurdle: Which one? Although there is a nice list of supported SD-cards, the types listed there might not be available everywhere.
I tried four different types:
- a noname 2GB card, unknown class which came with a Nokia phone
- an 8 GB Kingston, class 6
- a 16 GB SanDisk, class 4
- a 16 GB PNY, class 10
The noname card wasn't working at all.
I got the Kingston card working, by tweaking some parameters. Maybe I should go back to the SanDisk, but not at this time The only one that worked fine was the PNY card.
My first distro
As I had no place to start, was too overwhelmed by the choices, I chose QtMoko as my first step.
How do you prepare everything in order to get started?
- Flash the distro
- Set up networking
- Partition and format the card
- unpacking the archive
Trying to install Debian
No way - the install.sh failed everytime with ... Solution: still worked on.