Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nemo Mobile UI on Snowball

I have been working a bit again with the snowball and now I got the Nemo Mobile UI booted on the device. It is still missing some bits and pieces but it is already something that can be easily tested and reproduced.

Here is a quick tutorial how to make an image yourself. First you need to get the Mer Platform SDK to build the images to which there is quite nice installation guide in the Mer wiki pages.

After you have installed the Mer Platform SDK log in and download the .ks file for building the image.

curl -O http://sage.kapsi.fi/sagestechblog/snowball/snowball-2012-10-16-armv7hl.ks

After getting the .ks file you need to modify it a bit, and instructions for that are in the .ks file so you need to do some reading ;).

When .ks file is modified you can build the image with following command:

PATH=$PATH:/sbin sudo mic cr raw snowball-2012-10-16-armv7hl.ks --arch=armv7hl

After image is built you can put the image to microsd card by following for example Mer wiki.

Now you are set for booting the device, have fun. Here is a very short video about the performance.


  1. The performance looks pretty good, have you done any more testing with the Snowball board? Or is there hardware with similar performance which is better supported by Mer and Nemo Mobile?

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  3. Mer and Nemo Mobile supports large variety of different hardwares, however many of those are still far from ready but have only the basis. If you are looking ARM based boards then I would say Snowball (STE NovaThor), Pandaboard (TI Omap4) or maybe some tegra3 based devices, such as Nexus 7, which are developed in the community as well.

    I haven't had any tegra 3 devices at my hands yet but I heard that they perform quite nicely as well.

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