I have recently ported postmarketOS to the HTC Desire Z. postmarketOS is a Linux distribution for mobile devices based on Alpine Linux and the primary platform for KDE's Plasma Mobile desktop.
Note that this work is nowhere near r...
I'm happy to hear that it works for you!
Regarding your question: the SoC is a Qualcomm MSM7230, and the mainline kernel doesn't currently support that. So somebody would have to port the relevant drivers etc. to a modern kernel. I...
You don't need to install a bootloader other than HBOOT to install non-Android software. For instance, I have recently ported postmarketOS to the HTC Desire Z. So if you need a project to work on, check it out. There are a lot of t...