Google Developer Jean-Baptiste just announced that he is starting to roll out Nexus S Gingerbread source code! Now this wont matter much to the typical end user, but for ROM Makers this means they can start downloading Gingerbread 2.3 directly from Google. So all of us waiting for some delicious Gingerbread ROMs can get ready for our great ROM Chefs to serve it up soon.
Nexus S went on sale yesterday morning in the US, running Gingerbread. Just like I did for Froyo, I’m open-sourcing the matching Android platform source code, right after the first consumers get their hands on it. I’m going to start literally right now, and the process will take a few hours. I’ll give more details once the source code is available. However, there are three aspects that you need to know ahead of time:
As part of the process to push the source code, there will be some points in time when the master branch doesn’t build. Sorry about that. If you’re working on the master branch, I recommend that you don’t sync until I send an “all clear” when I’m done and things look good. Other branches are expected to work fine as soon as their manifests are created.
Even though Nexus S is designed to be suitable for AOSP work, there are some caveats. I very strongly recommend against trying to use Nexus S for anything related to AOSP at the moment. Trying to unlock or use your Nexus S for AOSP work could easily turn it into a Nexus B (where B means “brick”); I have two of those, they’re not very useful. I’ll send some guidelines about what is currently possible once I’ve finished pushing the source code.
Please take it easy on the kernel.org servers. They are very helpful in hosting the AOSP source code, and I don’t want to hurt the high quality of their service with an onslaught of full Android downloads. If you’re not going to immediately work on porting Gingerbread to devices with the intent of distributing the result to end-users, I’m kindly asking that you wait a few hours or a few days before you download it (just roll a 6-sided die and wait that long). In addition, the slower the servers are, the harder it is for me to do the push.
Thanks for being patient.
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