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Subject: Re: supported targets : which ones to add

Re: supported targets : which ones to add

From: Rob Purchase <rob.purchase_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 23:41:25 +0100

On 14/07/2009 22:16, Thomas Martitz wrote:
> Frank Gevaerts schrieb:
>> The following work more or less well:
>> * Cowon D2
>> Installation works well, no write support to NAND, not always well
>> integrated touchscreen, SD driver nearly ready. A lot of people seem
>> to use it. I think it should be supported.
> I think so too. It may be a bit unusual, but that isn't bad by any means.
> Isn't the D2 still in production also? Supporting it might also get us
> a boost with general touchscreen support (hoping it will attract
> developers).
The D2 is still in production (now branded D2+, but it's the same
hardware) and people already use Rockbox regularly for music playback,
even with its current limitations. The D2 build will become considerably
more "usable" once the SD driver gets added to SVN, since users'
settings can then be persistent, and the database can be enabled.

Once that is ready I think we should offer some level of support, even
if that only extends to offering a simple installation guide with
appropriate caveats, and a download of bootloader.bin + mktccboot +
rockbox.zip (the latter is already built and available). This is
something I'd been thinking of offering anyway, although in the
appropriate New Ports thread / wiki page.

There are still some other problems aside from any touchscreen issues,
eg. the RTC doesn't work correctly, and there is no recording. But I
don't think those are necessarily blockers.

I'm a little skeptical as to whether "supported" status would attract
any more developers, though. There's been loads of interest in the D2
port already, but very few code contributions in the 1yr+ it's been going.
>> The following are definitely not ready. Most don't even run a full build
>> yet.
>> * Cowon iAudio 7
The iAudio 7 is capable of running a full build and playing music, and
with some work should be as "usable" as a NAND-only D2 build. This would
of course have the limitations of a read-only filesystem, but it does
have the benefit of proper buttons. It may be that recent changes have
broken the i7 build, since it was never added to the build table. I
don't think anyone is actively working on this.

Rob.
Received on 2009-07-15


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