Granted, it’s probably not going to generate the same level of interest as yesterday’s direct-booting HD2 Android solution, but this hack is interesting for its own reasons; Android phones are a dime a dozen, but how many smartphone users have gotten the opportunity to play around with MeeGo? If you like experimenting with your phone for the sake of experimentation, this one’s for you.
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith put all the pieces together, starting with the instructions for getting MeeGo to run on Nexus One hardware. Since the HD2 has similar hardware to the Nexus, he reports it was very straightforward to adopt that process. Pop in the Ubuntu kernel that has already been released for the HD2, add on the MeeGo system files, and you’re practically home.
After a little tweaking, Troughton-Smith got MeeGo booting on the HD2, although there remain some hardware support issues keeping the system from being fully functional. Someone still needs to write drivers to handle touchscreen input, wireless networking, and optimize graphics processing. Like we said; this is the sort of thing that’s going to appeal most to users who really just want to play around with their HD2, as MeeGo is a far cry from a functional OS in its current state on the HTC smartphone.
Now that it’s running on the HD2, look for Troughton-Smith or other developers to work on ironing out the remaining MeeGo kinks.
That didn’t take long; touchscreen input is now a go!