Do-it-Yourself CyanogenMOD ROM’s for Dummies — Well, Almost


Ever wish you could cook up your very own CyanogenMOD ROM’s without having to wait for something official — even if it’s just a nightly build? Well thanks to CyanogenMod team member, and XDA Recognized Developer, lithid-cm, this dream is close to becoming a reality.

Lithid has unveiled an alpha version of an amazing application that can be used to compile CyanogenMOD 9 (or any other version, for that matter), directly from the CM repositories, and output a flashable for your device with no experience necessary. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to just build a full-functional stable ROM — you’ll only get what has been included to the latest CyanogenMOD source code. That being said, don’t expect to be running anything bug free for a while.

Rumor has it, January is starting to look like the month we’ll start to see something official from the CM camp. Until then, feel free to experiment as much as you’d like. It is important to note, there are still a few things that need to be fixed with the compiler, as well. Here is some 411 for your reading pleasure:

The features as it is right now include:

Check for repo installation on startup / or create a repo
Add and remove devices quickly and easily.
Remove all non english languages.
Remove live wallpapers
Remove cm wallpapers
Check if adb is running or not.
Update the repo
Compile cyanogenmod
Built in color themes. > http://goo.gl/cED8t
Plugin support. (More information on this to come)
Odex plugin built into the package. This will take your connected cyanogemod installed phone and odex the rom on the phone.

And, as expected, there’s still a few problems as well:

There is nothing under the menu option 99. This is a placeholder for information about me and the compiler. If you select it it will just exit you out of the script.
There is no checking for installed software. You will need to install the needed packages on your own to compile. Check post 2 for needed software.
I have only tested this with ubuntu 11.04.
Removing the CM wallpapers from the build only works with gingerbread for now. Everything else is working as expected for me.
I don’t check for open ports on your network, so there might be issues connecting to the repos and syncing. I have not built error checking for that.

This is still a work in progress, as you can see, but it’s awesome to see such an amazing effort that will make many of us feel a little less stupid. If you want to get in on the action, make sure to pay a visit to lithid-cm’s thread on XDA. If you cook up an awesome Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, be sure to let us know. We’ll be keeping tabs on this one for sure, folks. Stay tuned!

Source: XDA

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