Sun 08 July 2018

Filed under GSoC 2018

Tags android gentoo gsoc

Summary

This is my first week back on GSoC from the final exams, and, according to the proposal, the second part of the project should get started in this week. This week's work sums up into the following two articles:

  • Integrating Android kernel source into Portage Introduces how the three components, preinit, installkernel, and ${BOARD_NAME}-sources works together to provide a kernel source package that enables users to build and install kernels just like normal Gentoo Linux systems on a Portage-powered Android system.
  • Brief introduction to the (post-8.0) Android Build System Summarizes the information I collected via searching and reading sources in AOSP about the current Android build system that came into action at present (Android 8.0 and later). Attempts to dissect the build system also included.

And, as Part I (as the fundamentals for Portage-powered Android) is now (almost) finished (what's left would be to package LXC-related and OpenRC-related things up as a package), I believe that it's time to announce the official short-and-sweet name for the Portage-powered Android project: SharkBait! Despite I'm the person that does most of the coding work (at least during the GSoC session), SharkBait actually has a team under the hood, and they're extremely helpful whenever I get stuck, and provide excellent ideas. A site is available here, and despite not much is there at present, it'll definitely grow with time. We'll have a logo soon as well, so stay tuned!

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Thu 05 July 2018

Filed under Android

Tags android gsoc

Preface

As the main target of the second period of my GSoC 2018 project, I have to take down Android build system and accomodating it into Portage, forming a modular building and updating mechanism. So, inevitably, I'll have to deal with the original AOSP build system (Lineage OS's is a …

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Thu 05 July 2018

Filed under Gentoo

Tags gentoo android gsoc

Introduction

The Linux kernel is the most important component on any systems that are based on it, be it Gentoo Linux or Android. The user may want to tweak the kernel to enable functions that userspace utilities need (e.g. LVM, FUSE, Netfilter, etc.), so being able to tweak the …

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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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Sat 26 May 2018

Filed under Android

Tags android lxc gsoc gentoo

Preface

After successfully booting Gentoo on Nexus 6P in the previous article, we can move on to launching Android in LXC, which is the last mission in the first period of my GSoC 2018 project. This article documents the process to bring up Android successfully with most of its functions …

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