How to develop a Custom Rom (CM10) for the OUYA #1

Hey there! In this post i want to discuss a possible way for developing custom roms for the OUYA Actually it is no real development but rather porting a rom from another device to our little console.  The information how to do this is already out there.

The first important point is, that as I read in various boards it is possible to flash a rom from a another, but similar device to a new android handset. There is such a device for the OUYA: the Transformer Pad TF300t from ASUS. And the good news is, that there is more development on this device, as on the OUYA-Forums i know. The Transformer Pad has the same SOC (Tegra 3 T33) what is the most important part. And there is Cyanogenmod 10.2 build, which is working. Also some developers are trying to get Archlinux working, what in my eyes is the door opener for running for instance OpenELEC as MediaCenter (i’m thinking of the missing dts-passtrought)  or any other use with traditional linux 🙂

But what if i flash this to my OUYA and the kernel won’t even boot up? Wouldn’t that actually brick my OUYA?

Yes, and therefore another fine piece of development engagement is needed for testing new software. Trooper_Max from XDA Developers found a method for booting from a USB Drive. You can find the thread here. It is a little complicated, but not impossible to achieve. I got running the CM10 described and adapted in this thread in the first shot.

For our Android development or rather porting, i want to adapt the Transformer Pad kernel to boot the Android system from the partitions on the USB key and first move the system files there. In my first attempt a got stuck at the process of unpacking the initr-fs stuff since i am working on a PC with Windows 7. I’m going on holiday now, but the next step will be to set up a linux partition on my notebook.

If someone knows more than me, please share your information – it will save me some hours of trying around. You are also welcome to try that first and share your experiences 😉 I’m coming back in two weeks and will try to run the Android 4.3 Rom on the OUYA.

Of course we will keep you up to date on this topic – until then stay tuned!

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