5th Linux BSP Release for Snowball Development Board

Igloo Community – the team developing for ST Ericsson Snowball Nova A9500 development board – has released the fifth version of the Linux BSP for the board and this version nearly fully support all features of the board. It can be downloaded at http://igloocommunity.org/download/linaro/images/20111209/.

ChangeLog since last release:

  • Based on Linaro Ubuntu 11.11 desktop filesystem
  • Accelerometer and barometer support for all board revisions
  • GPS support
  • Enhancements to the default kernel config (NFS, /proc/config.gz support)
  • Enhanced display support
  • Add support for new connectivity module versions

Main supported features:

  • Based on Linux 3.0.0 and the Linaro Ubuntu desktop file system
  • HDMI/DVI-D display support
  • Graphics acceleration with the Mali 400 GPU
  • Bluetooth support
  • GPS support
  • Ethernet and Wireless connectivity
  • microSD card support
  • Sensors (accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, barometer)
  • Limited USB OTG host functionality

Features to be included in future releases:

  • Multimedia acceleration
  • Better USB OTG host support

Known issues:

  • USB OTG host mode is working only in a limited fashion. Some devices work, some don’t. The USB devices must be disconnected during boot, otherwise the host mode fails to work.
  • Bluetooth must be enabled for WiFi to work (they are on the same chip)

The flashing instructions are available at http://www.igloocommunity.org/support/Flashing_howto

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