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Period 2009-12-10 to 2009-12-31
Past few weeks was very busy time for many of people because of ending of 2009 business year, Christmas in many cultures and short-coming New Years Evening. Many ofFreeRunner developers, testers, hardware designers and others of us involved in similar projects are no exception of this "rule". As you probably noticed this Community Update is also release one week later than usuall. Luckily for users many of them used their free time to develop new versions of applications or distributions to give us something to play with! Take some of your time to know what is new around FreeRunner community and worth to check. Best wishes to all of you in forthcoming 2010 year!
QtMoko is stable distribution that combines Debian/Qtopia using QT 4.6 on framebuffer as toolkit. It has also compatibility layer for running X applications. This is mainly bug fixing release. I hope SMS receiving is now OK thanks to old patch from Mike Westerhof. Modem multiplexing can be now enabled. The kernel is latest andy-tracking and has FIFO fix from Thomas White which could give some more performance. Fso-keyring should give no more warnings when working with apt-get. Changes from version 14:
Hackable:1 is a community distribution for hackable devices like the Neo Freerunner. It is based on Debian and implements the GNOME mobile platform. After rev5rc1, spent hours and hours debugging this or improving that to finally get the rev5 out. Here are the changes since rev4:
PodPooch is a fork of MokoPod, thus it allows you to retrieve and listen to podcasts.
Launcher provides an elegant way of grouping and launching applications. It features events notification too - missed calls and messages at the moment. It also has built in apps for contacts, sms and phonelog. Changes
Podboy is a podcast aggregator/player written in Python/Elementary. Its interface aims to be easy and finger friendly. It uses Feedparser Python module for download/parsing of podcast feeds, Gstreamer for playing of episodes and SQLite for storing data. Recent changes include:
QSuunto-Lite is an application to download your logged dives from your Suunto dive computer or view previously dowloaded ones. For those of you who do not own a DC or do not have cables/adapters yet, you can use the samples provided in divetools-ab-samples.
Since SHR is using Xorg now, all four scroll buttons work, and the pointer seems to be a little bit faster. This should greatly improve web browser experience. You can now use the mouse pointer to click tiny little links, and use the scroll buttons instead of scroll bars. Changes:
- Michael Trimarchi compiled frequency scaling and FCSE (Fast Context Switch Extension) from ARM mailing list into android-kernel. That is a great news, as it greatly improves performance with Android! For all interested, there is nice white paper. Not so fresh, but gives nice overview on how FCSE works on some ARMv5 architecture. Michael also mentioned that he tries to merge DRM and GLAMO mesa support soon.
- Werner Almesberger, one of most active gta02-core project contributors, wrote up a component situation update. These components are needed for making gta02-core project devices. In a short summary we should have many components, but some of them might be missing.
- 2009-02-06/07 The tenth FOSDEM is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM meetings are recognized as "The best Free Software and Open Source events in Europe". This year, FOSDEM hires professional guides to offer a free guided tours of Brussels for the spouses/partners.If he/she would like to accompany you, and is not interested in the FOSDEM conference, this will make the stay worthwhile. Brussels is a city with a rich historical past, and a cosmopolitan present. The way FOSDEM works is a little different from other conferences. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome. There is no registration, just come to the campus and enjoy the conference.