not being able to use Skype is a big problem

Jeremiah Flerchinger jeremiah.flerchinger at
Thu Jul 3 06:22:58 CEST 2008

> Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote:
> > On Wed, 2 Jul 2008 20:56:43 -0500 "Forrest Sheng Bao" <forrest.bao at>
> > babbled:
> >
> > they both use ARM. freerunner is armv4, n8xx is armv5. (think of it like a
> > pentium vs pentium-mmx - it has extra instructions in v5 compared to v4, but
> > the vast majority of the core is the same). it can be run.. if you are lucky
> > that the compiled binary doesn't use them. you can always write binary shims to
> > interface binaries to existing libraries and system. you can manually hex-edit
> > the binary and replace the armv4 instructions with v4 ones (insert etc).
> > hacking a binary is not something that hasn't been done before. it's been done
> > so many times there are many people who think of it as an art form... it just
> > may be a LOT of work. 
> >

> On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 12:27 +1000, nickd wrote:
> Could this hackery mean that Android is a possibility?
> -Nick

hacking android to run was tried, without too much luck, as mentioned

getting back to skype, i don't see why anyone would really want or need
it.  there are plenty of other voip clients such as ekiga. gizmo may
also be an option on the freerunner.  someone else was working on a voip
client specifically for the FreeRunner, but I can't remember who at the


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