Stable Hybrid Release
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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.
In the overview below are all the essential features and their status for the current out of the box SHR unstable distribution (latest+modules+updates). Green indicates that this part is functioning well, red indicates a known requirement which will be implemented later on and orange indicates functionality that can (and should) be fixed easily in the distribution for known fixes are available.
|System||Power Management||Suspend||when slow, use Qi|
|System||Package manager||Installing and upgrading packages||Works well. For packages not in the reposotory, just ask for them to be added via the trac|
|System||Keyboard||Offer stylus and finger friendly keyboards||install alternative keyboards SHR ticket #200|
|GSM||Network||Connect via SIM and PIN|
|GSM||Network||Flight mode||SHR ticket #333|
|GSM||Dailer||Receiving Call||too big delay between selecting answer and stopping ring tone|
|GSM||Phone Log||Overview Log (In, Out, Answered, All)||should be in SHR Illume theme and is very slow in startup|
|GSM||Phone Log||Display Missed Calls||user has to install 'notifier'|
|GSM||Phone Log||Making reply Call from Log|
|GSM||Phone Log||Sending reply SMS from Log|
|Shared||Phone Log||Creating new SIM contact from Log|
|GSM||SMS||SIM phonebook lookup for SMS|
|GSM||SMS||Display time and date for SMS||On some SIMs the displayed time and date is the beginning of the epoch|
|GSM||SMS||Selecting SMS from Overview|
|GSM||SMS||Sending new SMS|
|GSM||SMS||Sending reply SMS|
|GSM||SMS||Making reply Call|
|GSM||GPRS||Configuring and Enabling GPRS||Settings->Connectivity: GPRS connect|
|Shared||Contacts||Reading SIM contacts|
|Shared||Contacts||Selecting SIM contact from Overview|
|Shared||Contacts||Creating new SIM contact|
|Shared||Contacts||Editing SIM contact|
|Shared||Contacts||Deleting SIM contact|
|Shared||Contacts||Quick lookup contact with keyboard|
|Shared||Contacts||Sending SMS to contact|
|WiFi||Ethernet||Configuring and Enabling TCP/IP||1) Settings->Connectivity->WiFi radio=On 2) Mofi. wifiman.py (based on connman, from shr-settings playground git repo) is going to be integrated soon.|
|GPS||Service||Receiving GPS data||automatically turning on|
|USB||Ethernet||Configuring and Enabling TCP/IP||done automatically with insecure password|
|Audio||Headset||Handsfree calling||headphones work, microphone does not work|
Installing SHR is very easy. I will explain how to install the testing version of SHR for GTA02 (Freerunner). It is stable enough for a daily use. Stable version will be available soon (Stable announcement), unstable (for the adventurous testers) is also available, but read this blog announcement on why this is currently not recommended.
I suppose that you know how to use NeoTool
- the Qi bootloader (optional, u-boot should work as well)
- the kernel
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 easier 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 the USB Networking page for help about configuring your host computer. NOTE: On first boot after flashing, USB networking can not work. If it's happening, simply reboot and try again.
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 available in /usr/share/zoneinfo/your-country, example Paris)
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Paris /etc/localtime
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
install with (example for France)
opkg install glibc-binary-localedata-fr-fr
Changing root password
SHR is shipped without root password (just press enter)
This is dangerous if you connect using USB. You need to activate the root password:
and 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 :
scp file email@example.com:/usr/share/sounds/
Now you can select ringtone in SHR Settings.
Mic and HP
The first idea is to use alsamixer; bad idea! There are 94 controls, and your modifications will be lost at the next reboot.Finding documentation is not easy. Here is my understanding: Scenari are used for each case. They are located in /usr/share/openmoko/scenarios/ - capturehandset.state - gsmheadset.state - headset.state - voip-handset.state - gsmhandset.state - gsmspeakerout.state - stereoout.state
Each file is a set of value for the 94 parameters. I have identified some:
- Control 48: internal mic of the tel (set to 2 or 3)
- Control 4 : internal speaker (set from 110 to 120)
- Control 49: headset mic
- Control 3 : headset speaker
Generic info to the Neo soundsystem:
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.