Tizen OS Ported to the Raspberry Pi 2

Tizen may not be overly used in devices, but there has been ports of the operating system on various ARM platform, mostly development boards, powered by Allwinner, Rockchip, Freescale SoCs, and more… Seeing the popularity of Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, Samsung Open Source Group decided to port Tizen to the latest version of the hobbyist board.

The full instructions are rather long, and provided in the link above, but the main steps – using a Linux based computer – can be summarized as follows:

  • Create a local copy of tizen-distro
  • Add Raspberry Pi 2 BSP Meta repository
  • Initialize the environment and modify some config files
  • Start the build with Yocto: bitbake rpi-hwup-image. This should make a minimal headless? image
  • Create an SD card image with tmp-glibc/deploy/images/raspberrypi2/rpi-hwup-image-raspberrypi2.rpi-sdimg using dd, an optional resize the parition with gparted or fdisk/resize2fs.
  • Insert the SD card in to your Raspberry Pi 2, and have fun

Don’t try to build the image on the Raspberry Pi 2 itself, as it may take a long time, even possibly over a day, if it can build at all.

Via TizenExperts

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7 Replies to “Tizen OS Ported to the Raspberry Pi 2”

  1. Let’s hope this means that we finally get a official Kodi/XBMC port to Tizen OS soon!

    Wondering if hardware acceleration video decoding is now working on Tizen OS?

    http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/08/17/xbmc-kodi-14-ported-to-tizen-3-0/

    I think that one of the reason why it’s not merged upstream is that Tizen OS was not running on a popular enough platform so that the Team Kodi developers do not have access to the hardware and thus have no interest in porting Kodi to it themselves.

  2. @m][sko
    They explain the choice of Yocto over GBS, because GBS would be slower:

    Building Images on Tizen

    Currently, as described on the Tizen Wiki, there are two ways used to build a Tizen image:

    Via GBS: The “traditional” way, which requires setting up a GBS server to compile several packages
    Via Yocto: The “new” way, which uses OpenEmbedded bitbake recipes to generate the image. This can easily be done on a user’s machine, provided a good Internet link is available.

    GBS would require a lot of time, and we would need to allocate a dedicated build server, because of this, we decided to use Yocto to produce the images.

    OBS looks new..

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