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  • The big event was the release of Om2008.9 Update on September 19th. Or was it a big non-event, because those who updated daily were already ahead when it was released ? Some users were surprised that the stable feeds do not update almost everything everyday anymore, but this is what stable is supposed to mean. You don't get the nice fixes in the latest kernel, but you don't get the nasty new bugs either.
  • Another point release: Qtopia 4.4. It's now called Qt Extended, by the way.
  • FSO repositories moved to Thanks Beartech for the interim hosting.
  • A startup announced NeoPwn, a distribution geared towards penetration testing. I am not sure if they are shipping yet. Their hat color is unclear to me, their slogan is Own it.. before it owns you.
  • FDOM is really gearing up. They now have a mailing list, a code repository, and a mission.


  • Sephora, settings manager in PyGtk for XFCE started.
  • Also, openmoko-panel-plugin, a gtk based plugin that draws the powerstate of some FR hardware devices(i.e. gsm, gps) to a gtk based panel. Theses panels are used i.e. in xfce4. so you can enable or disable the state of your gps receiver.
  • Brian Code from Koolu documented how he made Linphone, that is voice over IP, work fine for him.
  • A screen Rotate daemon was developed successfully.


  • Battery#DIY external battery pack from a Minty case, or how to run the Neo from batteries (NB: a pair of AA cells will not provide as much as 1 amp of current.)
  • Thanks to Claus and Lothar, the CAD files are now available in other formats (BRLCAD, IGES, STEP)
  • Michael negociated with a custom-case making company, they could build something more rugged/waterproof if the demand was high enough.

Wiki and community

  • The Documentation Team recategorized everything using a two-levels scheme. Browsing should be is easier now,! Of course we now need to clean up the pages inside each subcategory, but at least the big POS is not many small pos. Divide-and-conquer.
  • We also organized the list of applications. Now there is a [[Applications|master directory], then detailed lists by topic, and then application pages.
  • Coming soon: "Use google search", "Add page in this category", "Site directory" extensions.
  • Some nice artwork flew by on the community list. Raster is still with us. Following some advertisement, the Desktop wallpaper gallery grew from 1 to 4 images. Keep them coming !
  • We had a very hearts-to-hearts moment on the community list with Risto's initiated thread [ The Lost Openmoko community. See also the [Weeky Engineering News 38] for Om's plans to involve the community more in the release process.
  • There are improvements in the pipeline for the Community Repository: name change, submit by web interface,

(tickets 1518, 1543)

From the stars

  • There were many kernel patches about SD cards and bus speed. Confusion about which kernel version goes into which branch led to some module mismatch issues.
  • There are still interesting discussions on the kernel mailing list on the state of the wlan driver. For the rest of us, it means that the Wifi driver is still being actively developed. In plain English: likely to be full of bugs.
  • The alsa sound configuration still puzzle most users. I think that as long as alsa-mixer is based on a linear list of cryptic acronyms, we are in the dark. Could we have instead a clickable image map showing the sound chip circuits ?
  • Developers should be aware that the Meta-toolchain was refreshed.
  • The kernel guys have banged their heads together about how to send all their changes upstream. Conclusion: good luck, that is a tough job.

Outside Openmoko

  • The leading websearch company released their mobile OS called Android, nothing was said about an Openmoko port.
  • Pandora pre-sells thousands of their handheld linux gaming console. Sorry if you missed it, the next batch will be for 2009.