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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.