Period 2010-08-01 to 2010-08-31
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.
The biggest hurdle for official FreeRunner support in Debian is the kernel, since basically everything else starts to be in, in one form or another. There are currently two places with FreeRunner related kernels in Debian:
Qtmoko is distribution for Openmoko Freerunner phone based on debian and qtopia. Here is a list of notable changes since previous stable version (v24):
Offline dictionary reader made in C with Enlightenment Elementary UI. Version 0.3 of eStarDict adds support for czech-english dictionary. You have to remember, that right now it can manage only one dictionary per instance.
Most important and change making mails on the mailing lists, blogs etc.. Coolest hacks, screenshots, themes etc..
- TI OMAP3 SoC + 3G replacement board preserving Neo case & display - discussion about the prospect is heating up (http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2010-August/062671.html)
- WikiReader sales and the future of Openmoko - Martix shares a truly interesting interview with Sean Moss-Pultz (http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2010-August/062687.html)
- Glamo timing improvements (= more speed without caveats) can be done also in run time, and also pre-compiled Qi with settings set by Qi are available: http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Smedia_Glamo_3362#Timing_settings