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Known issues:

  • 770 port:
    • problems with sapwood and may not work from first startup. Grab a USB cable and use rescue mode to apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
    • no wifi yet?
  • All images of the same target share same openssh server keys
  • jffs2 + kernel mix for N8x0 is untested
  • root password is not set for you or asked in the first boot wizard, in the tar.gz images. YOU NEED TO SET THIS BEFORE BOOT OR HAL WILL PROBABLY NOT WORK
  • Bootmenu does not play well with clone-to-SD systems. You will have to make a bootmenu item yourself (ask on #maemo about this)
  • NetworkManager is broken in .vdi image, dhclient eth0 in it
  • Advanced mode is a bit funky once in a while and creates bad bootmenu items.
  • Sometimes after updates the touchscreen of the tables stop working or isn't calibrated, this is because the 'xserver-xorg-input-synaptics' package are installed, to fix it do "xserver-xorg-input-synaptics" in a terminal.

If you want to try it out on N8x0, use the installer.


  • There is -no- warranty. This may blow up your MMC, steal your wife or cause doomsday to come around. But if you find some bugs, please report them on and we'll try to see what we can do to fix the bug causing it.
  • If anything goes wrong, grab a USB cable, and rescue mode is done through holding down Home key when booting Mer.


[edit] Generic x86 - tar.gz image

[edit] Installation (chroot)

mkdir mer-0.6
cd mer-0.6 && sudo tar xzf mer-x86-generic-image-v0.6.tar.gz
sudo mkdir -p tmp/.X11-unix home/$USER/.osso
sudo mv usr/bin/maemo-invoker usr/bin/maemo-invoker.real
echo -e '#!/bin/sh\nPROG="$1"\nshift\nexec "$PROG" "$@"' | sudo tee usr/bin/maemo-invoker
sudo chmod 755 usr/bin/maemo-invoker
echo 'assume-connection 1' | sudo tee home/$USER/.osso/hildon-application-manager
echo 'nameserver <mynameresolver>' | sudo tee -a etc/resolv.conf

[edit] Start-up (from within mer-0.6 directory)

Xephyr :2 -host-cursor -screen 800x480x16 -dpi 96 -ac -extension Composite 2>/dev/null 1>&2 &
sudo mount --bind /tmp/.X11-unix tmp/.X11-unix
sudo mount --bind /dev/pts dev/pts
sudo mount -t proc proc proc
sudo mount -t sysfs sysfs sys
sudo chroot .
export DISPLAY=:2.0
/etc/init.d/dbus start

[edit] VirtualBox x86 - VDI image

  • VirtualBox VDI image (500mb zipped, 1.2Gb after extraction, beware) [md5sum 8c142b2bc4670a6644e85ec3806096ee]

[edit] Installation

  1. Unzip zip file
  2. Open VirtualBox, create new machine (click *New*):
    • Name: Mer 0.6
    • OS type: Linux
    • Version: Ubuntu
    • RAM: 128 at least.
    • Disk: click "existing", find the Mer 0.6.vdi file, select, select
    • Next
    • Finish.

[edit] Usage

  • Start machine.
  • Root password is 'rootme'

[edit] Nokia 770 - tar.gz image

[edit] Nokia N8x0 - Installer files (simple)

[edit] Nokia N8x0 - Flashable image (untested)

[edit] Nokia N8x0 - tar.gz image