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- FDOM: David released again, announcing that development moved to a new home. Mirrors added, more needed. FDOM now exists as an installer script: the FDOMizer. It is meant to be run over the 2008.10 image or over existing FDOM installation.
- Qt Extended 4.4.2 released. Downloads.
- Open Handset Alliance announces the launch of Android Open Source Project. Koolu announces that Koolu Beta port of Android for Freerunner will be available to download for existing Freerunner owners and installed on phones for sale in November 2008, contact Brian Code there. Sean McNeil has been working on it too.
- Sephora settings manager 0.2 alpha 3 released, adds GERMAN localization.
- Mokoko yet another media player.
- Telephone auto-reply scripts were proposed. Kamil send one that replies with a "not available" SMS when one flips the FreeRunner face down. Alex showcased a project for a full phone firewall stack, with GUI.
- On the same thread, Mickey reminded about the power of oeventsd 's rules file. This is a user-tweakable rules engine using yaml-syntax to configure system-wide behaviour on DBus events (what a mouthful !). It was introduced in FSO Milestones 3 and needs user feedback, and more documentation I guess.
- fso-control. A (suspend, reboot, shutdown) menu designed to pop up with the POWER button. Uses python, edje and frameworkd.
- Customize the case look.
Wiki and community
- Academic projects at National Taipei University: The Bicycle Motion Information Displayer, Business Card Exchange system, Location-based mobile video streaming system, Dancing With the Mobile Phone
- Following the three GSoC interns at OpenMoko Inc., Tsing Hua OpenLab held a workshop on 10/29.
- The Erlang wiki page deserves a special mention in this newsletter for a few reasons. First, it received some TLC this week and is now one of the best articles in our wiki. Second, Erlang is based on concurrent functional programming, an interesting paradigm that needs more advertising. Third, it's nice to think that around the FreeRunner's cradle, there is not only Nokia, Swisscom and Google's electromechanical avatar, but also a sign of Ericsson research. Fourth, Erlang rocks for reliable soft real-time distributed telecoms applications and this is where the future is - see what Dash made of the Neo 1973 platform.
From the stars
Harald looked at optimizing the NAND memory speed timings on the GTA02: Some initial experiments show that the performance can be easily improved by 41%. However, the actual speed (6.59MBytes/sec) is still much lower than the theoretical maximum read performance of 15.64MBytes/sec. It seems there is more room for improvement inside the MTD layer of the Linux kernel.
Tick merged the fix written by Treviño that applied to qtopia-x11 the Mickey Lauer suggestions for the 'Echo Bug’ ticket 1267 in the git around October 15th, it works, can use more field testing. See also the thread Echo issue on OM2008.08 solved on the community mailing list.
- John's team status update for first week. They already have one minute of boot time shaved (static /dev is a big gain) and stomped on the "echo" bug, working on ticket 2071, python loader speed and resume visual feedback. Also improved touch screen useability.
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