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Eshopen alpha image for the Freerunner

As i said in my recent post, the sapwood issue with the freerunner have been solved. And the Mer project is ready to release a first tarball which contains the rootfs and the kenrel for the freerunner.

The tarball is hosted by eshopen.com, a freerunner reseller i work with, and can be downloded from here. You need at least a 512 MB microsd to install it. Your Freerunner must have qi installed, to install it just download qi, power on the freerunner pressing the AUX button, connect your freerunner with usb cable and run:

sudo dfu-util -d 0x1d50:0x5119 -a u-boot -R -D qi-s3c6410-andy_8589b40295653557.udfu

After that you can take a microsd, plug on your pc, mount it and do:


sudo tar -xvzf PATH/OF/THE/TARBALL/mer-freerunner-20090603-alpha.tar.gz

You can now plug the microsd and Mer should start.

Known Issues:

  1. No phone stack ATM
  2. Keyboard is not usable

From a recent talk in #mer on irc.freenode.net it seems that a keyboard engine has been found and we are working on layouts for this engine, you can find more specs at the mer forum.

I’m working to speed the development setting up a x86 virtual image of Mer having the same screen resolution and space of the Freerunner one, so there will be no need to have a Freerunner to develop anymore (and you can use hardware acceleration for tests and rapid development.)

The image will make you able to connect via ssh via the usb link. To do so just boot Mer and then do:

sudo ifconfig usb0

ssh root@

Password is rootme. You will have a full ubuntu system in your hand afterwards…

To start surfing the web from Mer just do these commands in your linux box:

sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

sudo iptables -A POSTROUTING -t nat -j MASQUERADE -s

And you will be able to share your network connection via the usb cable which connects the Freerunner with your pc.

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  1. 03/06/2009 at 17:06

    Just installed it – it’s already looking nifty! :)

    • Jeroen Wouters
      04/06/2009 at 08:54

      I second that :)

  2. RzR
    04/06/2009 at 13:13

    Which kernel did you used and how to install it ?

    • RzR
      04/06/2009 at 13:26

      I figured it out :
      sudo dd if=boot/uImage.bin of=/mnt//mmcblk0p1/uImage.bin

  3. vincenzoampolo7
    04/06/2009 at 14:12

    The kernel it’s used is the openmoko one, packaged by DebianFSO.
    it’s under /boot/uImage.bin which links to the kernel file in the same dir.

  4. RzR
    09/06/2009 at 17:33


    If it helps I provided a backup image ready to boot too check review video too :


    Also feel free to edit :


    Thanks for all

  5. tbrites
    20/07/2009 at 19:40

    any pple can help me how install mer in moko please


    • vincenzoampolo7
      21/07/2009 at 14:39

      Why do you want to install mer?

  6. Burn2
    18/08/2009 at 14:16

    Is there any news about this distribution on freerunner???

    • vincenzoampolo7
      22/08/2009 at 13:59

      Not for now, i’m busy in these days with my university.
      As soon i’ll get free i’ll continue the development.

  7. 27/08/2009 at 18:46

    Any mailing list we can subscribe to for updates on the development? Or should we just keep an eye on this blog?

    • vincenzoampolo7
      28/08/2009 at 20:23

      yes, you can follow this blog for future development or you can follow the page about freerunner on mer wiki.

    • vincenzoampolo7
      28/08/2009 at 20:23

      yes, you can follow this blog for future development or you can follow the page about freerunner on mer wiki.

  8. gorn
    05/02/2010 at 02:29

    what happened to download links? is this not beeing developed anymore?

  9. vincenzoampolo7
    05/02/2010 at 14:08

    Yes. it’s not developed anymore.
    Eshopen.com fired me. so i don’t have nor a freerunner and time to continue the development….


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