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neovento 5.3: Main screen with Zhone.
neovento 5.3: Applications page

neovento is a Debian on Freerunner based distribution which uses LXDE and Zhone on top. It is a community project. Please join the user talk to contribute to development of the best distribution for FreeRunner.

Status: release 5.3 is ready


The main concept is the use of LXDE and Zhone which is embedded in the background and the whole is based on Debian/FSO as a subsystem. This distribution has the aim not only to be fully finger friendly, but also to give you a full featured desktop environment.


  • completely fingerfriendly
  • window based environment
  • Zhemes, an application to switch between four Zhone themes
  • preinstalled applications (Woosh, Pidgin, TangoGPS, Wifi-Radar, EpdfView, Mokomaze, CellHunter)
  • it fits on the 256MB NAND flash


  • download latest release
  • flash the image and the kernel with NeoTool
  • optional: make use of the latest patch



  • AUX (short press) shows the keyboard
  • Power (short press) suspends the Neo


  • use the recommended Kernel
  • make and use a swapfile on your µSD (warning: this may destroy the µSD card after uncertain time)
  • save the TangoGPS map files on the µSD as there is little space left on the NAND
  • alter the file /etc/apt/sources.list to delete the servers pointing to .DE inserting the faster servers by doing:
 pico /etc/apt/sources.list  (alter the addresses, then save the file following the pico's menu)
 apt-get update