well @ronnz98 and @Xxpsilon , I got it installed…and wow was it a trip!
I can’t recount all of the procedures I went through, and certainly not in order…but I’d gotten my phone into an unbootable state…so the XDA thread had an EDL recovery tool that got me back to the stock ROM, which was an incredibly helpful starting point. (to directly answer your question @Xxpsilon , I’ve been using a combination of the /e/Recovery for ADB sideloading, and OrangeFox)
The “both slots” part confused me, since Slot A would boot the stock ROM and Slot B would boot loop, but I tried flashing the build to Slot B using the minimalist /e/ Recovery Environment linked in the thread.
…and it worked! /e/OS is working just wonderfully on the NP2!
…that might be a bit premature, I grant…it starts up and I was able to root it and install an app or two from App Lounge, and it hasn’t crashed or shown any other form of failure, so I’m in so-far-so-good territory, for certain.
The first thing I went to try was the “disco ball” on the back…and while i was hopeful as per @Xxpsilon’s indication that the NP1 glyphs function in /e/OS, I was unsurprised that the glyph on the NP2 do not function in /e/OS. I tried the app “Glyphith”, that’s supposed to manually enable the LEDs for the NP1 (the NP2 has a compatibility mode, if the custom ringtone tools from SebiAi are any indication), but no dice. I then got the Nothing Composer, and it’s not able to light up the glyphs, either.
So, please forgive my vanity in making that the first thing I tested in earnest, but it was a definite curiosity of mine. It’d clearly require some custom kernel tweaks so I’m certainly not holding my breath.
Switching gears, the interface as a whole is super fluid and responsive. The system boots incredibly quickly, no complaints anywhere there. The camera works like OpenCamera, so lens switching works well and the manual controls are what to expect…i had no issues of consequence (the app said there was an issue when switching lenses, then happily took photos from both).
I’m actually going to revisit spinning up my /e/Cloud VM and tying this phone to it to see how that works…I didn’t use the Murena account framework on the old phone, but it’s been over a year; I’m looking forward to giving it another go, and reporting back on that front.
Thank you again, so, so much, for your hard work on this! I’ve been waiting since release for such great news!