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Installer is a tool for installing, updating and uninstalling programs on your Neo.

choose program
install application
install application

Install an Application

Installer uses a WiFi or USB network connection to connect to repositories.


[1] Connect to a WiFi network in the Settings application, or manually connect to a USB network connection before proceeding to Installer.

[2] In Installer, press the INSTALL button from the bottom bar to view a list of Categories. This is also the default page of the Installer application.

[3] Select a Category from the category list, then select a package to install.

[4] In the package information page, press the image box and confirm to begin.

[5] Once the progress bar shows Done, you will return to the Installer default page. Installation is then complete.

  • To update or uninstall packages, simply replace step [2] with the desired function UPDATE or UNINSTALL and repeat steps [3] through [5].

Sharing Applications

Sharing applications amongst users and developers is easy using the Multiverse. Anyone can upload applications or even their own repository to share with fellow Neo owners.

How to add a package to Openmoko Repository

You can release your package with ipk file.

Package Tags

Packages in Installer are displayed according to Package Tags. To display a package through Installer, add the appropriate tag message.

Category Tag
Communication group::communication
Development group::programming
Games group::games
Maps group::maps
Miscellaneous group::unknown
Network group::network
Repos group::repos
  • For OpenEmbedded users, add a Tag by adding one line in your bb file
For example:
PKG_TAGS_${PN} = "group::games"

Add a Repository

Add repositories by installing repository packages
  • The community-repository is installed by default in Om 2008.8.
Add repository manually
  • Create a file, here we call it community-repos.conf
> echo "arch community-repos 50" > community-repos.conf
> echo "src community-repos" >> community-repos.conf
  • Connect to your Neo with USB
> sudo ifconfig usb0
> scp community-repos.conf root@
  • Let your Neo connect to the Internet
    • For USB users:
> echo 1 | sudo tee  /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
> sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j 
> ssh root@


> scp /etc/resolv.conf root@
    • For geek users:
> ssh root@
> iwlist eth0 scan
Find a usable AP lets say OpenMind (Support it's an open AP)
> iwconfig eth0 essid OpenMind
> udhcpc eth0
Then pray, if successfull, remove default gw *twice*.
> route -n  # to see your gateway of eth0 say
> route del default
> route del default
> route add default gw eth0
Then you can ping for testing :)
    • For GUI WiFi user:
Click Settings
Click WiFi
Select an AP
Input password if needed

  • Refresh the opkg metadata database
after connecting to Neo
> opkg update

Technical Features

  • Installer is a specialized GUI front-end of Packagekit over DBus interface.
  • Please run Installer under stable network conditions and enough power supply. Once Installer is launched, it will actually try to detect repositories you installed. This will take some time if your network condition is not stable.
    • If you do not have access to WiFi, a USB connection is recommended.
  • The default Packagekit backend on Neo is opkg, but is not restricted to opkg.
  • Installer refreshes the package meta-data every 2 days.
  • While running Installer, it will also launch packagekitd automatically, in which it will lock the libopkg for synchronization issues. If you want to use opkg, you may terminate Installer and killall packagekitd.
  • You can also talk with Packagekit through DBus.

For more information, refer to the reference section below.


[1] Assassin project -

[2] Packagekit project -

[3] Opkg package management -