Blogged my experience at:http://bit.ly/bsxGb237
Here are the salient bits:
On my recent trip to HYD, i was using my Samsung Galaxy Tab almost exclusively, relegating my Samsung Galaxy S (SGS) to the background. I was switching to the SGS only to make calls, which is anyway a rare occurrence with me. Folks will complain that i don't even take calls ;-) but that's another story.
The reason for giving the SGS short shrift has been its poor performance. It came with Eclair, which i could upgrade to Froyo, but that was about it. Even though Samsung Kies on my PC kept prompting that i could upgrade the firmware to Gingerbread, i could never get past that "3 GB" error message, even though i had more than that on each of my drives. I was even forced to uninstall ReadItLater Pro so that the SGS would run with a semblance of something happening.
So when Venkat of ApartmentADDA said that he had upgraded to Gingerbread using CyanogenMod, i was keen to check it out.
He had blogged about his XP (experience):CyanogenMod on Samsung Galaxy S and 3 Button fixhttp://bit.ly/bvkCMod
and we followed it more or less to a T, using the images on his Mac so that i didn't have to go through the rigmarole of downloading them all over.
First we rooted the SGS with SuperOneClick
Then we followed the steps in the CyanogenMod wiki:Samsung Galaxy S: Full Update Guidehttp://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S:_Full_Update_Guide
Venkat warned me that, while the contents of the SD card would not be touched, all SMSs would be wiped out. There were a ton of SMSs that i hadn't gone through, but i applied that old funda of Ed Ricketts:
| Often the desk was piled so high with unopened letters that they slid tiredly to the floor. Ed believed completely in the theory that a letter unanswered for a week usually requires no answer, but he went even farther. A letter unopened for a month does not require opening.
and everything was fine; nothing needed to be done.
The second (wiki) process took about an hour.
Since i had enabled 2SV:http://bit.ly/sgsfsx2SV
i had some issues connecting to Google off the bat out there, but i just had to get back to my desktop and sort that out.
And thanks to the Android App Grid:http://bit.ly/gssxAdAppGrid
i pushed all the apps that i normally use to my SGS in less than 10 minutes. It was a very good test for the Android App Grid; one of the reasons for creating it was for exactly such an eventuality and it rose to the occasion.
And now my SGS is so fast (booting takes less than a minute; 41 seconds when i last checked) that i have got ReadItLater Pro back on it.