I bought the M2 to learn about android internals. I bought it several months ago but cooking an android ROM from source requires a PC with 16GB of RAM. So, I put off doing it till now. I am going to use this topic as a mini-blog. Maybe somebody has been doing something similar or wants to tag along and help me.
For task 1.A I have in mind to compile an Android 4.4 ROM for the M2 from source. I just started to download the source file. Its a 15GB file. The progress status sais it will take anywhere from 43 hours to 7 days. Hopefully throughput gets better at night and it gets done by tomorrow.
For task 1.B I am going to try to compile Cyanogenmod from source for my Nexus tablet. After this post I am going to see if I can start something to this effect while the file gets downloaded.
A NOTE: On step 2 (installing needed software) in the instructions. There was one fail: mingw32. I suppose that should be mingw-w64. But what is that for? From what I gather its to cross compile windows executables on linux. But why is that needed?