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This is a skeleton to try and get the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions available for the Neo listed in one place. See the Latest Images for information on where to find and download each distribution.

Mickey Lauer has written a good overview of the various images available, GTK, ASU, FSO, TMTLA!.

Features by Distribution

Feature Openmoko2007.2 FSO ASU SHR Qtopia Debian
Description The Openmoko 2007.2 Stack, utilizing GTK+ and assorted applications. 2007.2, since it was the 2nd iteration of the GTK+ user interface that we released in 2007. The FSO Stack, also known as the Openmoko Framework initiative. This one is called FSO, because it's an implementation of the freesmartphone.org APIs. You may also have seen the term Zhone which describes the framework testing user interface and is a minor part of this stack. August Software Update. The ASU Stack, the combination of a classical smartphone stack based on Trolltech's Qtopia ported to X11 and enhanced with an EFL-based launcher and new applications. You may have seen the term Illume which is the launcher of ASU. Stable Hybrid Release, a combination of the FSO, some of the 2007.2 GTK software, and the ASU that provides all of the functionality of the 2007.2 software, but with the stability of the FSO. The Qtopia distribution from Trolltech, it aims to provide a ready-to use image for Openmoko devices Debian, the whole distribution, on a mobile phone
Availability Official Buildhost and MokoMakefile support for development builds Now (Milestone 2) August 2008 No Now Now
URL Releases are labeled "openmoko-devel-image" Development tracker Download Releases are labeled "openmoko-qtopia-x11" Stable Hybrid Release Qtopia.net Debian
Connectivity
Telephony Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
SMS Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
GPRS Not through UI Not through UI Not through UI N/A Not through UI  ??
WiFi Yes Not through UI Yes N/A Not through UI Yes
VoIP  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??
Bluetooth Yes No Yes N/A Yes  ??
GPS Yes (1) Yes Yes (1) N/A No  ??
User Interaction
Stylus friendly Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Finger friendly Partly Partly No N/A Yes  ??
Accelerometer No No No N/A No  ??
Applications
Terminal Basic, but unusable due to lack of certain keyboard characters (unless you install matchbox-keyboard) Yes  ?? N/A Yes Yes
PIM Yes No Yes N/A Yes  ??
Phonebook Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Dialer Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Application Compatibility (Toolkits / Runtimes)
GTK+ Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ??
QT/Qtopia No Yes? Yes Yes? Yes  ??
Java Jalimo  ?  ?  ?  ?  ??
Python Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ??


Footnotes:

(1) works, but need additional software to be installed

Personal tools

This is a skeleton to try and get the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions available for the Neo listed in one place. See the Latest Images for information on where to find and download each distribution.

Mickey Lauer has written a good overview of the various images available, GTK, ASU, FSO, TMTLA!.

Features by Distribution

Feature Openmoko2007.2 FSO ASU SHR Qtopia Debian
Description The Openmoko 2007.2 Stack, utilizing GTK+ and assorted applications. 2007.2, since it was the 2nd iteration of the GTK+ user interface that we released in 2007. The FSO Stack, also known as the Openmoko Framework initiative. This one is called FSO, because it's an implementation of the freesmartphone.org APIs. You may also have seen the term Zhone which describes the framework testing user interface and is a minor part of this stack. August Software Update. The ASU Stack, the combination of a classical smartphone stack based on Trolltech's Qtopia ported to X11 and enhanced with an EFL-based launcher and new applications. You may have seen the term Illume which is the launcher of ASU. Stable Hybrid Release, a combination of the FSO, some of the 2007.2 GTK software, and the ASU that provides all of the functionality of the 2007.2 software, but with the stability of the FSO. The Qtopia distribution from Trolltech, it aims to provide a ready-to use image for Openmoko devices Debian, the whole distribution, on a mobile phone
Availability Official Buildhost and MokoMakefile support for development builds Now (Milestone 2) August 2008 No Now Now
URL Releases are labeled "openmoko-devel-image" Development tracker Download Releases are labeled "openmoko-qtopia-x11" Stable Hybrid Release Qtopia.net Debian
Connectivity
Telephony Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
SMS Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
GPRS Not through UI Not through UI Not through UI N/A Not through UI  ??
WiFi Yes Not through UI Yes N/A Not through UI Yes
VoIP  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??  ??
Bluetooth Yes No Yes N/A Yes  ??
GPS Yes (1) Yes Yes (1) N/A No  ??
User Interaction
Stylus friendly Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Finger friendly Partly Partly No N/A Yes  ??
Accelerometer No No No N/A No  ??
Applications
Terminal Basic, but unusable due to lack of certain keyboard characters (unless you install matchbox-keyboard) Yes  ?? N/A Yes Yes
PIM Yes No Yes N/A Yes  ??
Phonebook Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Dialer Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes  ??
Application Compatibility (Toolkits / Runtimes)
GTK+ Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ??
QT/Qtopia No Yes? Yes Yes? Yes  ??
Java Jalimo  ?  ?  ?  ?  ??
Python Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes  ??


Footnotes:

(1) works, but need additional software to be installed