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Just some notes from playing with my Freerunner

What am I trying to do? I want to run a full Linux distro on my Freerunner, with Debian the obvious choice, AND have it work as a usable telephone at the same time.

Choice of Desktop and Window Manager

I started with XFCE/matchbox, which worked pretty nicely but could be painfully slow. I just figured that came with the terrain of trying to run a full windows manager on such a small box.

Yesterday I changed to LXDE/openbox - what a difference! Much smarter, more responsive, it's almost a new machine. Never going back.

SHR telephony under Debian

Since the folks have got SHR packaged under debian, I've been running that as the best telephone app so far.

Still problems with windows being too small and occasional breaking of GSM connection (no ideas what that's about) but basically works not too badly.

As soon as I do the buzz fix I think I'll be able to call it a usable PDA/phone!

Some bugs and fixes

  • Unable to establish connection with FAM. Do you have "FAM" or "Gamin" installed and running?
  • Could not connect to wicd-s D-Bus interface. Check the wicd log for error messages. FIX: install notification-daemon (maybe? - still not working)
  • [elm_win.c:335] elm_win_add() elementary: ERROR. Cannot create window. FIX: install libevas-svn-03-engines-x

GPS Issues

No GPS with "Discarded data not UBX" errors ad infinitum in the framework log. Problem and fix are described here: http://www.mail-archive.com/smartphones-userland@linuxtogo.org/msg01613.html In short "rm /var/lib/freesmartphone/ogpsd.pickle" And the real fix is apparently here: http://git.freesmartphone.org/?p=framework.git;a=commitdiff;h=5271e445b327c2132eee6a1f43fcf58c37c67e00

Even though it seems to work now (well it got a fix once so far) it's very slow. It's much faster using other distros running from NAND. Might be the SD/GPS problem described here: http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/FreeRunner_GPS_Software_Fix_TTFF_Measurement_Test

Kernel Issues

Problems with ar6000 wifi. Arggghhhh!!! Now I'm getting this: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-fso-maint/2009-March/000844.html Things OK if I disable wicd, but I need it for wifi config. Bah!

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Just some notes from playing with my Freerunner

What am I trying to do? I want to run a full Linux distro on my Freerunner, with Debian the obvious choice, AND have it work as a usable telephone at the same time.

Choice of Desktop and Window Manager

I started with XFCE/matchbox, which worked pretty nicely but could be painfully slow. I just figured that came with the terrain of trying to run a full windows manager on such a small box.

Yesterday I changed to LXDE/openbox - what a difference! Much smarter, more responsive, it's almost a new machine. Never going back.

SHR telephony under Debian

Since the folks have got SHR packaged under debian, I've been running that as the best telephone app so far.

Still problems with windows being too small and occasional breaking of GSM connection (no ideas what that's about) but basically works not too badly.

As soon as I do the buzz fix I think I'll be able to call it a usable PDA/phone!

Some bugs and fixes

  • Unable to establish connection with FAM. Do you have "FAM" or "Gamin" installed and running?
  • Could not connect to wicd-s D-Bus interface. Check the wicd log for error messages. FIX: install notification-daemon (maybe? - still not working)
  • [elm_win.c:335] elm_win_add() elementary: ERROR. Cannot create window. FIX: install libevas-svn-03-engines-x

GPS Issues

No GPS with "Discarded data not UBX" errors ad infinitum in the framework log. Problem and fix are described here: http://www.mail-archive.com/smartphones-userland@linuxtogo.org/msg01613.html In short "rm /var/lib/freesmartphone/ogpsd.pickle" And the real fix is apparently here: http://git.freesmartphone.org/?p=framework.git;a=commitdiff;h=5271e445b327c2132eee6a1f43fcf58c37c67e00

Even though it seems to work now (well it got a fix once so far) it's very slow. It's much faster using other distros running from NAND. Might be the SD/GPS problem described here: http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/FreeRunner_GPS_Software_Fix_TTFF_Measurement_Test

Kernel Issues

Problems with ar6000 wifi. Arggghhhh!!! Now I'm getting this: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-fso-maint/2009-March/000844.html Things OK if I disable wicd, but I need it for wifi config. Bah!