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[DEV][ROM] Firefox OS for ZTE V9 [alpha - not for production]

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for the insane or just very curious amongst you, here is a pre-alpha rom of [url="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS"]Firefox OS[/url] (Boot to Gecko) for ZTE v9.

[attachment=89363:2013-08-19-21-49-56.png][attachment=89364:2013-08-19-22-01-07.png][attachment=89365:2013-08-19-22-07-14.png]

AFAICT this is the first Android based armv6 port of Firefox OS! (I don't think the RPi port is Android/gonk based, and I can't see any other working armv6 b2g ports). it also looks like it's the first b2g device with all the headaches of a 270 degree screen rotation.

this is [b]NOT[/b] an official Firefox OS port, nor a port that should be taken as representative of how Firefox OS behaves. there are many many things still not working and/or very slow which I would expect to be fixed in a real port. I just did the port to see if I could, and to see what Firefox OS looks like. my port is far from complete and is unlikely to ever be finished.

current git 'master' of the b2g gecko/gaia code was used. b2g was ported using my [url="http://www.modaco.com/topic/362668-devrom-cyanogenmod-10-android-412-for-zte-v9/"]CyanogenMod 10[/url] rom for v9 as a base. I use the gonk ICS graphics layer instead of a JB gonk as hwcomposer > 1.0 support doesn't exist in my CM10 or 10.1 ports so can't support a true JB gonk. lots of other hackery to get it to (semi) work.

the zip WILL format your /data, /boot, and /system partitions on install (won't touch the sd card though), so make sure you have backed these up before you start. it is also likely to crash.

[b]download here (it WILL wipe all your data - backup first)[/b]
[url="http://goo.gl/7rr5ES"]b2g-v9-20130822.zip[/url]
md5sum fc5071888b16993488d427adcf2cd14a

this rom requires >160MB in /system and >66MB in /data.

[b]working[/b]
- display
- home button, power and volume buttons
- touchscreen
- screen rotation
- battery charging and levels
- sensors (light level, orientation, gravity)
- phone (RIL)
- sms
- wifi
- screen brightness and screen on/off
- vibration
- headphone detection and audio routing
- gps
- sdcard
- usb storage
- bluetooth (pairs ok, but nothing else tested)
- web browser
- boot logo (but rotated 90 degrees)

[b]almost working[/b]
- audio (works ok after volume up/down is pressed when audio is playing - needed to init the audio system?)
- 2d and 3d graphics is working but seems slow

[b]not working[/b]
- mobile data (rmnet0 comes up ok, but dns isn't set)
- camera
- fm radio
- ...


for sources and instructions see
[url="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Porting"]Firefox OS Porting[/url]
[url="https://github.com/plaguedbypenguins/android_local_manifest/tree/b2g"]my github[/url]

[b]version history[/b]

[b]2013-08-22[/b]
- fixed sdcard handling which also fixed usb storage and screenshot
- mozilla folks fixed bluetooth, gps, boot logo, most browser skitishness
- mozilla also changed the apps/market screen on the left. I think now it's generated from searches on the home screen?
- mozilla fixed mobile data default route, but mobile dns still doesn't work for me - might work for another carrier?
- graphics seems smoother now, but moving the shade up/down is actually slower according to the framerate metric (was 30fps, now ~12-15)

[b]2013-08-06[/b]
- initial release Edited by PlaguedByPenguins
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Awesome job. :) Congratulations on the first ARMv6 port!
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Wow, :0
Congratulations! :D
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waw pbp again..?goodjob man....
any review btw..? Edited by naifah
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I suppose that if I install this in a V9+, the touchscreen is no responding, no?
I think I will try, :/
If it don't work, I will be restoring the system (CM7.2) and all is ok.

EDIT:
[code]CWM-based Recovery v4.0.1.5

--Installing: /sdcard/b2g-v9-20130806.zip
Installing update...
symlink: some symlinks failed
E:Error in /sdcard/b2g-v9-20130806.zip
(Status 7)
Installation aborted.[/code]

I remember... it is same error I got when installing any Android 4.X rom.
I forgot I repartitioned the NAND memory with this tutorial: http://www.modaco.com/topic/342556-repartition-nand-for-optimal-cm7-setup-2011-08-15/

Restoring CM7... :/

I think I need a GP Peak+, xD Edited by RogyHyde
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[quote name='RogyHyde' timestamp='1376409449' post='2148653']
I suppose that if I install this in a V9+, the touchscreen is no responding, no?
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I remember... it is same error I got when installing any Android 4.X rom.
I forgot I repartitioned the NAND memory with this tutorial: [url="http://www.modaco.com/topic/342556-repartition-nand-for-optimal-cm7-setup-2011-08-15/"]http://www.modaco.co...tup-2011-08-15/[/url]
[/quote]
according to your link you have "[i]Layout: /system 136Mb /data 300Mb /cache 5Mb". [/i]my firefox OS, cm10, cm10.1 roms need > 149, 154, and 196MB in /system respectively. so none of those OS's will work with the nand partitioning you have now, sorry.

most people seem to use the standard gen2 partitioning (where /system is 220MB) and then put many/all apps (that normally use space on /data) onto the sdcard via various means.

if you have a capacitive screen v9 model then I very much doubt it'll work with this firefox OS rom, but I'm not sure - there are some input handling differences between firefox OS and android. Edited by PlaguedByPenguins
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2013-08-22 rom posted. sdcard works now and generally it's a lot more usable. only mobile data is really a fundamental usability issue now.
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[quote name='PlaguedByPenguins' timestamp='1375809003' post='2147089']for the insane or just very curious amongst you, here is a pre-alpha rom of [url="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS"]Firefox OS[/url] (Boot to Gecko) for ZTE v9.

[attachment=89363:2013-08-19-21-49-56.png][attachment=89364:2013-08-19-22-01-07.png][attachment=89365:2013-08-19-22-07-14.png]

AFAICT this is the first Android based armv6 port of Firefox OS! (I don't think the RPi port is Android/gonk based, and I can't see any other working armv6 b2g ports). it also looks like it's the first b2g device with all the headaches of a 270 degree screen rotation.

this is [b]NOT[/b] an official Firefox OS port, nor a port that should be taken as representative of how Firefox OS behaves. there are many many things still not working and/or very slow which I would expect to be fixed in a real port. I just did the port to see if I could, and to see what Firefox OS looks like. my port is far from complete and is unlikely to ever be finished.

current git 'master' of the b2g gecko/gaia code was used. b2g was ported using my [url="http://www.modaco.com/topic/362668-devrom-cyanogenmod-10-android-412-for-zte-v9/"]CyanogenMod 10[/url] rom for v9 as a base. I use the gonk ICS graphics layer instead of a JB gonk as hwcomposer > 1.0 support doesn't exist in my CM10 or 10.1 ports so can't support a true JB gonk. lots of other hackery to get it to (semi) work.

the zip WILL format your /data, /boot, and /system partitions on install (won't touch the sd card though), so make sure you have backed these up before you start. it is also likely to crash.

[b]download here (it WILL wipe all your data - backup first)[/b]
[url="http://goo.gl/7rr5ES"]b2g-v9-20130822.zip[/url]
md5sum fc5071888b16993488d427adcf2cd14a

this rom requires >160MB in /system and >66MB in /data.

[b]working[/b]
- display
- home button, power and volume buttons
- touchscreen
- screen rotation
- battery charging and levels
- sensors (light level, orientation, gravity)
- phone (RIL)
- sms
- wifi
- screen brightness and screen on/off
- vibration
- headphone detection and audio routing
- gps
- sdcard
- usb storage
- bluetooth (pairs ok, but nothing else tested)
- web browser
- boot logo (but rotated 90 degrees)

[b]almost working[/b]
- audio (works ok after volume up/down is pressed when audio is playing - needed to init the audio system?)
- 2d and 3d graphics is working but seems slow

[b]not working[/b]
- mobile data (rmnet0 comes up ok, but dns isn't set)
- camera
- fm radio
- ...


for sources and instructions see
[url="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Porting"]Firefox OS Porting[/url]
[url="https://github.com/plaguedbypenguins/android_local_manifest/tree/b2g"]my github[/url]

[b]version history[/b]

[b]2013-08-22[/b]
- fixed sdcard handling which also fixed usb storage and screenshot
- mozilla folks fixed bluetooth, gps, boot logo, most browser skitishness
- mozilla also changed the apps/market screen on the left. I think now it's generated from searches on the home screen?
- mozilla fixed mobile data default route, but
- graphics seems smoother now, but moving the shade up/down is actually slower according to the framerate metric (was 30fps, now ~12-15)

[b]2013-08-06[/b]
- initial release[/quote]

Good looking i think..try something new,wait until rom alpha fixed :wub:
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PBP do you ever sleep? You're one fire mate!
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Amazing! I cant believe there is still any life left in this device. Go PBP!

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Port 4.4 kit kat pbp,thats cool :lol:
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