Zhone

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Key pages on:
FSO

(Other distributions)


Zen Phone

Screenshots: FSO UI Tutorial

Zhone is often told to be a demo application for the free softphone framework (FSO). But it actually is a quite usable phone program that allows to send and receive calls, SMS messages and tells you your gps coordinates. The FSO automagically detects when the gps coordinates are no more shown and shuts down the GPS hardware as long as it is not needed.

Since it mainly only sends commands over dbus to the daemons that actually do the work it is rather stable and even able to do multitasking like allowing you to read an SMS whilst using the phone.

Installing Zhone on Ubuntu

WARNING: Adding those repositories (or the zhone installation?) may lead to problems on a Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.

Many packages update are done at the same time (200+ changes), and something break the upgrade. Removing repositories and launching an "apt-get -f install" fix the problem.


  • Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.lst :
deb http://pkg-fso.alioth.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
deb-src http://pkg-fso.alioth.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main
deb http://e17.dunnewind.net/ubuntu hardy e17
  • Execute:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zhone
  • remove this from your /etc/apt/sources.lst
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main
  • Now you can finally execute:
zhone

Developing Zhone

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Key pages on:
FSO

(Other distributions)


Zen Phone

Screenshots: FSO UI Tutorial

Zhone is often told to be a demo application for the free softphone framework (FSO). But it actually is a quite usable phone program that allows to send and receive calls, SMS messages and tells you your gps coordinates. The FSO automagically detects when the gps coordinates are no more shown and shuts down the GPS hardware as long as it is not needed.

Since it mainly only sends commands over dbus to the daemons that actually do the work it is rather stable and even able to do multitasking like allowing you to read an SMS whilst using the phone.

Installing Zhone on Ubuntu

WARNING: Adding those repositories (or the zhone installation?) may lead to problems on a Kubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.

Many packages update are done at the same time (200+ changes), and something break the upgrade. Removing repositories and launching an "apt-get -f install" fix the problem.


  • Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.lst :
deb http://pkg-fso.alioth.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
deb-src http://pkg-fso.alioth.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main
deb http://e17.dunnewind.net/ubuntu hardy e17
  • Execute:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zhone
  • remove this from your /etc/apt/sources.lst
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main
  • Now you can finally execute:
zhone

Developing Zhone