How to Build and Run Tizen 2.0 on AllWinner Boards – FOSDEM 2014

Leon Anavi has spent some time building and running Tizen for Olimex A10s-OLinuXino-MICRO board based onAllWinner A10s cortex A8 processor, and gave a short presentation at FOSDEM 2014 showing the main steps involved in the project. The final result is basically a non-portable Tizen tablet with a main board connected to an LCD display. If you have an LCD screen, you could also use a monitor (VGA/HDMI) instead.

Tizen_allwinnerAfter a short description of the hardware, and explaining it should also work on other AllWinner platforms such as Cubieboard, Leon gave a few no-nonsense recommendations he learned from his mistakes:

  • Get a USB serial board for debugging
  • Use recommended accessories from the manufacturer such as power supply or LCD display to make development easier
  • Buy a board that can boot from micro SD or SD card, again for ease of development
  • If something does not work… Restart the board! 🙂

In other to port Tizen to Allwinner, he took an existing port for the Pandaboard (TI OMAP4), use linux-sunxi bootloader and Linux kernel code, and followsed three main steps:

  1. Build the Linux kernel and bootloader (U-boot)
  2. Build an Tizen platform image, ARMv7 in this case
  3. Prepare a bootable (micro) SD card

You can download the binaries for A20-OLinuXino-MICRO and A10s-OLinuXino-MICRO, and get the instructions to build an image for other AllWinner based devices on tizen-sunxi github repository.

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