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Om 2008

This documents quickly some key usability bits about Om 2008.8 and initial setup.


New Keyboard

More details at : Om2008.8 Keyboard


The button to run the Installer is now on the bottom of the homescreen. The plus signs are placeholders for the graphical buttons to be added later.

Top Menu

The top menu is now your task switcher and is activated by touching the down arrow. Press "remove" to close currently focused application.

Things to know


  • "ifconfig" - Displays network information.
  • "opkg update" - Updates list of available software.
  • "opkg install" - Install software.
  • "opkg upgrade" - Updates your software. (At present this will fry your FR see the "Future Updates" section of Om 2008.8)
  • "killall packagekitd" - Quits any package manager which could be running. (Run this command if you get the "Could not obtain administrative lock" error message while running opkg commands)
  • "shutdown -r now" or "reboot"- Reboots your phone.

Configuring Om 2008.8


Follow this [guide (Windows Users)]to share your internet with your phone.

To share your internet connection on a Linux host follow this Guide

  • If you are also behind a router you may have to change your LAN IP range in your router to avoid using 192.168.0.* as this is the same IP range as what your phone and ICS uses. (If you don't there will be an IP conflict)

After you install and run [Om 2008.8 ] for the first time you have to restart to get the USB working. Once you have done that you have to ssh into your phone ( to edit your /etc/network/interfaces so you can access the internet through USB to install software and updates.

Edit the USB section to look like this:

# Ethernet/RNDIS gadget (g_ether)
# ... or on host side, usbnet and random hwaddr
auto usb0
iface usb0 inet static
	up echo nameserver > /etc/resolv.conf 
	up echo nameserver >> /etc/resolv.conf 
	#up echo nameserver > /etc/resolv.conf

Unofficial (zecke) Updates

Now edit the Multiverse repository (/etc/opkg/Multiverse-feed.conf) to fix a typo: Remove the duplicate "/" before Multiverse.

Create a file named zecke.conf and paste this into it to get the latest unofficial updates. (Temporary Repository)

src/gz zecke-all
src/gz zecke-arm
src/gz zecke-i686
src/gz zecke-neo
src/gz zecke-gta02

(Restart your phone)

Advanced power management

Now that you are able to install software, It is a good time to install "illume-config" to can gain access to more advanced power management features and to change the look of the GUI through the wrench that will now appear in the top bar. (Restart your phone)


The Media Player is basically useless due to the default theme. To install with a better theme run:

opkg install openmoko-mediaplayer2
tar xjf openmoko-mediaplayer-theme.tar.bz2 -C /usr/share/themes/Moko/gtk-2.0
rm openmoko-mediaplayer-theme.tar.bz2


  • The Media Player is basically unusable because of the skin. And is also very buggy.
  • Battery meter always says its charging. Installing a terminal and running "apm" will display the proper battery status.
  • Your phone will go into standby after 30 seconds EVEN when connected to your computer or wall charger. (Disable this under the settings menu)
  • The wifi doesn't work too well right now.
  • Accelerometers have alpha support via Gestures
  • If you let the battery completely drain you will have problems booting it up. Plug it into the wall charger for a few hours and then plug it into your computer and press power.
  • BUT, if you have another charged battery, such as from the Spares pack, you can boot the Neo with the good battery, plug in wall-charger, and hot-swap the drained battery while booted. This allows you to immediately start "fast-charging" with the wall-charger. (Neo needs to be booted to recognize charger and switch to fast-charging)
  • Your have to install "illume-config" to have more control over power management, scrolling speeds, keyboard options, and to change how the interface looks.
  • Some software that you install by command-line may appear in in the settings menu (wrench) that you unlock after installing "illume-config".