BSDCan2013 - Final

BSDCan 2013
The Technical BSD Conference

Pierre Pronchery
Day Talks - Day 1 - 2013-05-17
Room MRT 221
Start time 10:00
Duration 01:00
ID 381
Event type Lecture
Track Embedded
Language used for presentation English

Call your NetBSD

Running NetBSD on phone hardware

After focusing on improving NetBSD support for tablet hardware, NetBSD enthusiast and DeforaOS developer Pierre Pronchery (khorben@) is working on running NetBSD on smartphone hardware, with the OMAP-based Nokia N900 as the main target. After a quick summary of the different steps taken, he will introduce the user interface, installation procedure and underlying specificities to this setup. If all goes well, he will even be able to give a call!

NetBSD is a very portable Operating System, which supports a plethora of hardware devices based on an ARM CPU and SoC (System on a Chip). Among them is the OMAP family from Texas Instruments; popularized by the BeagleBoard demonstration board, it is well supported by a number of Open Source systems. As it happens, there is at least one smartphone built around the same platform, namely the N900 from Nokia. Being well supported by Linux already, it is an ideal candidate for introducing modern telephony support to NetBSD.

The user interface used as part of this effort originates from the DeforaOS project. Its graphical environment is based on the Gtk+ visual toolkit, and has already been declined for several embedded designs, including a phone: the Openmoko Freerunner. Introduced within pkgsrc as of the 2012Q4 release, it will hopefully provide a functional telephony environment on a NetBSD-based phone by the time of the presentation.