Community Updates/2010-08-01

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Period 2010-07-01 to 2010-07-31


Debian-openlogo-480.png Debian GNU/Linux

Debian is a universal operating system used on many other embedded devices, and also on home computers. Using Debian on the FreeRunner gives access to the huge army of software packaged in the Debian repositories, already compiled for the Neo's arm(v4) processor. Moreover, one can build one's own source files for programs without having to learn the OpenEmbedded way. For an existing Debian/Ubuntu user, choosing Debian for Neo FreeRunner makes phone a very familiar, trustworthy and flexible place to hack in.

  • A new e17 snapshot has been uploaded to Debian (
  • The remaining SHR packages were prepared for main inclusion and are now in the NEW queue: libphoneui-shr, phoneuid, phoneui-apps
  • Intone got updated to the most current revision (r77)
  • FoxtrotGPS was uploaded to Debian main archive and replaced TangoGPS
  • fso-gsmd is still depending on vala version that is only in the experimental branch, and therefore not compiled for FreeRunner yet

Codename: 'sid'

Hardware Works
Neo 1973 yes
FreeRunner yes
GTA04 ?
HTC-Dream yes
Other yes

Qtmokomain.png Qtmoko [v24]

QtMoko is a distribution based on Debian and Qt Extended Improved (formerly Qtopia). There is no new version since the latest update. However, a few news items are available:

Codename: v24

Hardware Works
Neo 1973 yes
FreeRunner yes
GTA04 ?
HTC-Dream ?
Other ?


No application reports this month, although surely there are new releases all the time :)


Most important and change making mails on the mailing lists, blogs etc.. Coolest hacks, screenshots, themes etc..

  • Golden Delicious Computers released Openmoko Beagle Hybrid Boards including GPS and a gyroscope. At the same time, they announced plans to develop the next open hardware phone. Based on a OMAP3530 SoC this device will bring a lot of computing power to your pocket.
  • The Freerunner Navigation Board v2 is being tested right now. The first fully assembled boards are expected to arrive within the next two weeks. If you are interested in buying one you can still specify which chips you'd like to have preassembled.

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