Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 19:50 UTC
Windows The HTC HD2 is probably one of the most enduring mobile phones out there. While it originally shipped with Windows Mobile way back in 2009, it has become one of the most hacker-friendly devices out there, and hackers have managed to port virtually everything to the device - various versions of Android, MeeGo, Ubuntu, and Windows Phone have found their way to the HD2. Russian hacker Cotulla, responsible for many of these ports, has just announced the next big port: Windows RT is now running on the HD2.
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RE[3]: This isn't a port
by Nelson on Sun 30th Dec 2012 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This isn't a port"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

The article mentions he wrote his own EFI loader, no small feat.

Also, I'm puzzled by the assertion that no device drivers were written for a platform with no driver support for the host device.

Things don't just magically start working.

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RE[4]: This isn't a port
by BluenoseJake on Sun 30th Dec 2012 19:39 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't a port"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

writing a bootloader is not porting an OS. I am not trying to take away from what the guy did, I am just saying the language is wrong. A port is something different than this. You need source code to do a port.

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RE[5]: This isn't a port
by jerkofalltrades on Mon 31st Dec 2012 08:07 in reply to "RE[4]: This isn't a port"
jerkofalltrades Member since:
2012-12-11

I agree with you that is really isn't a port, but a Surface tablet from what I can read is using a Tegra 3 (arm v9) processor and the HD2 is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 (arm v8). The device drivers between the two are immensely different.

What I did notice is that the screen is not oriented properly, probably because there is no drivers for the accelerometer, we don't know if there is any hardware acceleration for the video or network devices working. Even if he has managed to get this running on the hardware we don't have any clues if this is functionally useful.

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