Two queries about Android installation

Neil Jerram neiljerram at
Sun Apr 25 22:05:39 CEST 2010

On 24 April 2010 21:59, James Ancona <jim at> wrote:
> The installer puts all of Android in NAND. After installation the SD card is
> only used for extra storage (web downloads, media, etc.) Any FAT formatted
> SD card will do. You can run with no SD card in there, but as I recall, some
> things don't work.

> It should boot other distributions from SD. The modification is because
> Andoid uses a different NAND partition layout. If you want to replace
> Android with a different distribution in NAND, you should reflash Qi.
> Hope that helps!

Yes thanks, it does.  It tells me that I can't switch between Debian
and Android completely seamlessly - but that I can at least do it by
swapping SD cards.  Which is probably OK for now.

FWIW, my reason for asking is that I'm now hoping to find something a
bit more swishy and impressive than just basic phone function.  Debian
has been fine for me for basic phone function for some time now, and I
expect to keep that as my mainstay.  But I'd love to be able to
demonstrate how cool the FR is by saying "but look, it can also run
Android, here...".


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