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Revision as of 17:43, 13 January 2009
SHR is one of the many distributions that currently work on the Openmoko phones. You can compare a distribution with an Operating System on normal computers. It gives the phone all the software needed for operating. For more information about the different flavors, see distributions. Template:SHR
Why SHR exists
The Stable Hybrid Release (SHR) is intended to be a community driven distribution composed of the FSO and some basic applications, that can be configured to use several different graphical toolkits, for example GTK or EFL. SHR is based on the FSO build. At first, SHR was introduced in order to use the Openmoko2007.2 GTK software in combination with the new FSO, but things have changed.
Why not just use plain FSO?
FSO is by far the most stable & usable release, if all you want is a phone. (I mean *all*. It just has a dialer, which is a demo application.)
FSO is never intended on its own to be a full image, it's just the infrastructure and a demo app.
Other people are supposed to put a front end on FSO. So that's what we're doing.
Installing SHR is very easy. I will explain how to install the testing version of SHR. It is stable enough for a daily use. Stable version will be available soon (Stable announcement), unstable (for the adventurous testers) is also available.
I suppose that you know how to use NeoTool
You need to download two files from here
- the kernel (uImage-om-gta02-latest.bin)
- the root files system (jffs2 file)
You can view the sources here.
Connecting your FreeRunner to your computer
For the next configuration steps, you will need to type some commands. It is much easear to type on a real keyboard than on a touch screen. So you need to connect your FR to you computer, and make a bridge to internet. Use this page
Setting local time
As any linux system, the UTC time is used by the system. First of all, adjust this time:
date -u -s 010220052009 Fri Jan 2 20:05:00 UTC 2009
Then, you need to "localise" your system. Search for the appropriate country with:
opkg list | grep tzdata
then install the one corresponding to your area. opkg install tzdata-europe
Then select your city (search the city availabled in /usr/share/zoneinfo/your-country)
You can fully localise your system by installing the glibc-binary-localedata correponding to your langage. Search the ones available with:
opkg list | grep glibc-binary-localedata
opkg install glibc-binary-localedata-fr-fr
(example for France)
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Paris /etc/localtime
Changing root password
SHR is shipped without root password (just press enter)
This is very dangerous if you connect using wifi, or USB. You need to activate the root password:
en type your selected password (2 times)
Customize the RingTone
You need to have a file containing the RingTone you want for your FR. You can find some at RingTone
Then transfer it to your FR (i.e on the SD card):
scp file email@example.com:/media/card/
Now you need to indicate that the FR must use this file for incoming calls. Modify /etc/freesmartphone/opreferences/conf/phone/default.yaml
GSM network is lost after one day of uptime: restart your FR once a day!
SHR is not implementing a PIM (Personal Information Manager) yet. Work is in progress, but to included in SHR testing This has some consequences on daily use:
- only contacts on the SIM card are available
- it is not possible to import a Vcard file
- Incoming call only display phone number (not the name of the calling person)
- it is not possible to send message (SMS) using the name of the receiver. You need to remember his phone number
GPS is not activated at start up, and it is not possible to activated it using a graphical interface. You need to type:
cd /etc/init.d/ fso-gpsd start