Sat 26 May 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags android gentoo gsoc

Summary

This week was planned as the last week for the first (Preparation) and second (Gaining control of the system) parts in my GSoC 2018 proposal. I'm pleased to announce that I've successfully hit the target as planned: a video demonstration posted on Twitter can be watched here.

Reading and …

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Tue 22 May 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags hardware gsoc

The story

As described here, Google baked a serial console into the headphone jack of their Nexus and Pixel devices. A serial console would be feasible for debugging problems with init as well as tinkering the device when it has booted into Linux and haven't started Android yet. My journey …

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Mon 21 May 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags android gentoo gsoc

Things done this week

Due to having to take an exam in Algebra last Friday, I revised for the test this week and didn't have much progress in GSoC this week. This article sums up what I've tried to achieve in the past week.

Makefile to unpack and repack boot …

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Sat 12 May 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags android gentoo gsoc

Things done this week

This week was about creating a repository for an init program written in C/C++, testing it out, and trying to load the real init inside Gentoo root. The progress of each subproject are listed below.

Writing a "preinit" in C/C++

I've set up a …

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Sat 05 May 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags android gsoc

Preface

As a part of my GSoC 2018 project, I'll replace Android's init with one of the init systems from GNU/Linux (OpenRC to be exact), and I've been experimenting with replacing the holy PID1 on an Android system pretty long ago (dating back to 2015), though things didn't work …

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