Hi, I finally got a compatible device and some free time to try to flash /e/, and, as I’m a ‘dummie’ user, I needed quite some time to fully understand the “installation wiki”. I want to share some issues that I encounter during the process, in case other newbies find them useful:
First of all, I must say that my compatible device is an old Nexus 5 that I got for free from a relative, so I was lucky and in that aspect I was quite relaxed in case I screwed up and “brick” the phone. I wanted to practice before I buy a compatible phone and flash /e/.
I found that the installation instructions in the wiki and the [HOWTO]s in this forum don’t always coincide in the steps, which created a bit of confussion, specially at the beginning, while trying to install adb and fastboot (on Mac). I also found that neither of both explanations where fully for “dummies” (involving command lines and no explanations about them) and I needed to find some youtube videos in order to understand how the command line works and have a more visual aid to install adb and fastboot step by step (here and here)
After installing adb and fastboot, I followed only the wiki’s instruction and this video in order to install TWRP
After that everything went quite smoothly until the “ADB sideload” part. In fact, it went well, but for some reason in the computer the command line finished in % 49 and then said somethin like 1.00x (not “OK” or “100%”, which made me doubt about if the process was completed). Looking at the device, it said “ADB succesful”, so I went on with rebooting the device, but suddenly TWRP said “No OS installed. are you sure you want to reboot?” Of courese, I was totally confused. Was the installation succesful or not? Apparently I had no OS installed, so I was afraid that, if I rebooted the device, I would maybe “brick” it or something, and spent a good couple of hours reseraching about it I try several more times to sideload the OS, and everytime was the same message. At the end, I decided to reboot it and, ta-da, /e/ was succesfully installed from the very beggining! That’s why I wanted to share my experience: if you see “adb sideload completed” and “no OS is installed”, my experience says: go ahead and reboot, everything is OK.
I must say, despite the confussion, I’m very proud with my very first flashing experience, as /e/ looks great! There’s a couple of issues with the camera and the torch, but everything else works smoothly (in a 5 year old phone!). I will be trying it out for the next weeks and when I’m ready to make the big change (gmail>e.email, dropbox>e.files app) I’ll buy a nice compatible device and flash it.
Hope this helps for the newbies!