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Personal tools

Everybody loves Community Updates, but that's a huge endeavour for one person to tackle. So let us try a little social experiment here: community written community update. I will post an outlined list of bullet points, and leave it to everybody else to elaborate along the following editorial guidelines:

  • Include everything that was hot on a mailing lists at some point since launch.
  • Limit each point to three sentences and one link.

MinhHaDuong 14:20, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Software and distributions

  • Dale's DFU script started
  • FDOM started
  • Gentoo started
  • Several classic games ported: Duke Nukem 3D, Battle for Wesnoth
  • Debian fso-pkg team is getting full steam ahead
  • Qtopia 4.3.2 released
  • Google SoC projects released: gestures (includes autorotates the screen !),


News from the git

  • The html access to that provided 2007.2 has been


  • 2008.8 + daily updates is getting better and better, working its way towards

a bug fix release (milestone tagged 2008.9 in the trac)

  • Om shuffling git branches around is about done, is dead wood now.
  • New "head" development branch is only basesystem+installer (no phone stack

preloaded, even less applications)

  • FSO Milestone 3 released
  • Planned architecture for next release is Tichy + Paroli + framework .

Documentation team

  • Redesigned wiki Main page in time for the Digg day
  • Deleting lots of old/unused wiki pages
  • Introduced wiki navigation boxes, working on categories
  • Learning to use Widimedia. Postponed CSS revision, wondering how to deal

with multilinguism better

  • More blog added to the planet

Notable fixes

  • GPS TTFF bug was fixed soon after launch (what happens to the first batch

units then, is there a way / necessity to do the hardware fix ?)

  • Keyboard choices in 2008.2 explained
  • Workaround found for suspend corrupts SD card partition table (??? Slow the

GLAmo clock ???)

  • Echo cancelation turned on in TI chip (is that undocumented function in ?)

Hot bugs

  • Touch Screen Coordinates not re-calculating correctly on screen Rotation (Every mode except randr -o 0) Patch is available, no package update.
  • Using Bluetooth headset is still impossible/hard to do
  • Sound is still awfully complicated (alsa.state remains black magic)
  • Power management: progress but still far from goal of autonomy in days (full

discharge vs. forced load issue, LEDs and buttons use model still in flux, charging while off, fine-grained subsystems sleep...)

  • Repeated messages on the mailing lists
  • The trac is getting crowded, bug reports numbers are exploding


  • community-repository is slow to take off: orrery, diversity-wifi, mofi,

moko-sudoku, comic-reader, only omview has been added in September.

  • A classified section has been started to sell/buy on the wiki
  • There was a job offer for an X dev
  • The Paris meeting was a big success with ~80 attendees.
  • FreeRunners still seem to sell like hotcakes, they are frequently out of