This project provides different configurations
of virtual images with a complete environment for Maemo applications
programming and building. There are two different virtual images:
- Virtual image with Ubuntu Server Intrepid
installed - used as sandbox for building C/C++ applications and also
other utilities for non-Linux host operation systems. It is used for ESbox
Eclipse-based product to provide non-Linux host system programming for
- Virtual image with Ubuntu Desktop Intrepid
installed - the same as previous one, but for non-Linux system usage
(see Known Issues section).
If you more details about Maemo SDK VMs building, see requirements documentation
In order to access any Maemo SDK virtual image, you need to use default
- login: maemo
- password: maemo
Root user (root
) is disabled. Then, if you want to
become root you need to user sudo
Uncompressing the virtual image
We suggest you to use 7zip
uncompressing tools. See this documentation
In order to use Maemo SDK virtual images, you need to install at least
one of the virtualization tools: VMWare
. You can check the
following instructions to install them on you host environment.
Installing virtual images
Both images are compressed as zip files. In addition, other files are
also attached: release notes, vmx (VMPlayer description file), README
and copyright notices.
The virtual images execute properly on Debian-based distributions, MS
Windows XP/Vista and also on Mac OS X.
You can use any VMWare product, QEMU or VirtualBox to run the machines.
For more details, check instructions here
To run the machine with QEMU, execute the following command:
qemu -hda maemosdk_*_*.vmdk -L /usr/bin/qemu -m 512
qemu.exe -hda maemosdk_*_*.vmdk -L C:\QEMU\pc-bios -m 512
It is important to install KQEMU Accelerator
to speed up virtual image execution.
If you want to use VMWare, you will need a *.vmx file (this file is
already attached on virtual images zip files). To "play" the machine
with VMWare, you can use VMPlayer graphical interface, for example.
VirtualBox does not contain the same mechanism to configure images as
VMWare does (based on .vmx
files). Therefore, you need to create a virtual machine configuration.
If you want to manually create a VirtualBox machine, see instructions here
Maemo SDK VM project also provides a installer that configures
VirtualBox machines properly for Maemo SDK VMs. If you want more
information about it, see instructions here
Then, you can start your virtual machine.
On both virtual images, the targets for the Maemo 4.1 platform are
DIABLO_X86 (i386) and DIABLO_ARMEL (arm). You can use the i386 target
during most of the development phase, and then change to ARMEL when you
decide to deploy or test your software in the device
The default target is DIABLO_X86, but you can change environments
calling the sb-menu utility, going in the Select option, and choosing the environment.
If you switch between X86 and ARM targets, remember to stop and
restart the environment with af-sb-init.sh
stop and af-sb-init.sh start, respectively.
WARNING: For some reason af-sb-init.sh stop doesn't work on the ARMEL
target, and before changing targets you need to call sb-menu
select the killall option, and send a 9 signal to the processes running.
If you want to update Maemo SDK environment, you need to update both
Scratchbox and Maemo SDK development targets.
In order to update Scratchbox, execute the following commands inside
your virtual machine
sudo apt-get install scratchbox-core scratchbox-libs
Remeber that sudo
must be used to obtain superuser
privilegies (see user
Then, install the newest version of Maemo SDK. Select the release you
want to install. See instructions here
Updating Maemo SDK Virtual
It is common that you want to update some or all of components of
your Maemo SDK Virtual Image, such as IDE Integration components,
enhancements-tools installers, Maemo programming environment and system
packages. See the document that
describes how you can update your Maemo SDK Virtual Image for more
How to use the Maemo SDK Virtual
Image with ESbox
If you want to use the Maemo SDK Virtual Image with ESbox and use the
IDE on a non-Linux operating system (Windows or OS X), see instructions
to configure your environment properly.
If you want to install enhancing-performance tools (GuestAdditions for
VirtualBox users, OpenVMTools for VMWare Player users and
OfficialVMTools for VMWare Workstation users), you can install them on
your virtual machine by using the scripts available on them.
Check the following instructions to install GuestAdditions or
OpenVMTools on your virtual machine:
- The images do not contain OpenVMTools or GuestAddition
preinstalled or any other enhancing-performance tool. These tools are
mostly used for enhancing graphics and network performance. You can use
the available installers on virtual images to install OpenVMTools or
- The images have performance drawback when used with QEMU.
Usage of VMWare products (including VMPlayer) or VirtualBox to run this
Maemo Virtual SDK Image is recommended for those developers who
experience performance problems with QEMU.
- The image have problems regarding to Scratchbox
autoconf tools. If you want to use the image as programming environment
on non-Linux hosts (as ESbox virtual image), you need to fix the
- In ESbox, in Window > Preferences >
Maemo > Installed Targets page, right-click an SDK or target and
select "Patch autoconf..." to apply this patch.