where to begin...
I really dont like the term "partner in crime" that was Jess Ragan being a bit umm i dunno, silly? lol.
The reality is that Kuwanger did the majority chunk of the work on how to boot linux and lakka as a proof of concept and PSX_specter showed people how to do get lakka stable enough to run on the device.I really have very little to do with anything the guys did, i just fiddled with the android portion of things (im a newbie programmer) and took a crash course of linux command lines that ultimately became handy when i learned how to use a uart cable.
The dashboard you see above is still a work in progress (still has some bugs i need to fix) and quite frankly probably not recommended for most people as it currently stands it requires writing directly to the nand to install everything (which is pretty safe, but you still would need to know how to backup and restore mmc via DD, through a command line interface in lakka aka Connecting a keyboard to super retro-cade and doing command line shenanigans)
"1.0 had a psx core in the retroarch image. maybe we can launch ps1 games if we define a bios in the original retro-cade launcher cfg file. i will try that a bit later today.
1.1 has a pc engine core which if we install retroarch separately and map it to the /system/cores/lib will launch super cd-rom games provided you map a bios."
this still remains a theory. I havent gone down that avenue. I quite frankly just took an easy route and use Explusalpha's emulators(the ones that are available for free at his webpage, and compiled the remaining ones from the source) I did get sega cd and pc engine cd games to run by using explusalpha emulators as the engine. The problem is that as amazing as retroarch is, documentation on how to launch a rom file from an external launcher is rather obscure and searching for it yielded rather mixed bag results. So when i ported the generations dash i just relied on explusalpha's emulators which work great and have well documented methods for launching games externally.
As for firmware sharing, I am sorry. I really do not want part of that mess, as it would involve copyright issues galore.
sorry I am sure none of those may have been the answers you were expecting. However if i get my launcher a little more tidied up i can release an apk for it (as it uses no propietary code, it was written by looking at basic android examples at stackoverflow, and it works well at that. lol)However i doubt anybody really would have an interest in connecting a uart cable and installing stuff via putty. if one thing that the nes classic and snes classic hax did right was that it spoiled people . It made the expectation of click and go and undo. This being a different piece of hardware doesnt quite work that way.
Edited by WD_GASTER, Fri Nov 2, 2018 12:23 AM.