Mer Plasma Active Live (Installable) Image

basysKom creates weekly Plasma Active Mer development and testing images.

This image bootable on x86 based devices like WeTab, ExoPC or the Idea Pad. Login Data: User mer password mer; User root password mer

As of 4 September 2013, the Plasma Active Final Release image can be downloaded from the Make Play Live server. Follow the instructions below to create a bootable USB flashdrive.

You can also try the installable Mer Live ISO for a USB flash drive or CD/DVD from basysKom download center.

On Linux you can compare the hash between the image and related checksum file using the following command (with both the image and the checksum file in the same directory):

   [email protected]# sha1sum -c <checksum file>
   [email protected]# md5sum -c <checksum file>

If the command returns "<image name>: FAILED", please download the image one more time and check again.

After validation feel free to deploy the image to a not mounted USB flashdrive. In the following example we use the tool 'dd' for this:

   [email protected]# dd if=<image file> of=/dev/<USB flashdrive> bs=1M

Please note, the usage of this tool is potentially dangerous! In case of a mistaken output device, all data on it will be irrecoverably lost.

To get the correct output device for this tool, please follow the steps below:

1. Remove all mobile flashdrives from your host system.

2. Enter the command below and note the output.

   [email protected]# cat /proc/partitions
   major minor  #blocks  name
     8     0    3000000  sda
     8     1    2999998  sda1

3. Plug the Flashdrive for deploying into the host system.

4. Enter the following command and note the output again.

   [email protected]# cat /proc/partitions
   major minor  #blocks  name
     8     0    30000000 sda
     8     1    29999998 sda1
     8     16    3872256 sdb
     8     17     594944 sdb1

5. In this example the correct dd parameter is sdb in the position of <USB flashdrive>.

Booting the Live Image on a WeTab/ExoPC

1. Plug the flashdrive into the WeTab/ExoPC (In some cases WeTab only works with special flashed BIOS from ExoPC).

2. Press the power button

3. Once the WeTab starts to boot (Blue LED on WeTab lights up or LED on stick lights up) press power button together with softtouch button (round area in top left corner of touch screen) for approximately 1 second (longer press will shut it down again)

4. Press the softtouch button until it boots

Alternative instructions: Put usb stick in tablet and boot up, press BBS (on the touchscreen). You can go through the bootloader using the button in the top left corner of the screen, short press to move to the next entry, long press to boot it. A USB keyboard is needed to select the options during the install"

Installation with USB keyboard

1. Connect a USB keyboard to the WeTab

2. Follow steps 1-3 above to get to the boot menu

3. Press the softtouch button shortly to select "Installation"

4. Hold the softtouch button until the boot procedure starts

5. When the boot procedure stops, press enter on the USB keyboard and a message saying "Select one disk to install" will appear

6. Type the number of the local SSD and hit <Enter>

7. Select "Full disc install" <Enter>

8. Confirm with <y> <Enter>

9. After the installation has finished, remove the USB stick and USB keyboard and press the power button until it shuts down.

Installation without USB keyboard

Please choose via 6 second tab on frontside sensor button the 'Boot MeeGo' instead of 'Installation' entry. Wait until Plasma Active is boot completely into the user interface. Open the 'Konsole' application from the peek area by pulling down the top bar. Enter following commands via virtual keyboard to call the installer (password is 'mer'):

 export PATH=${PATH}:/sbin:/usr/sbin 

This page was last edited on 13 September 2013, at 14:34. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.