Community Updates/2010-02-10

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Period 2010-01-14 to 2010-02-10


Android-on-Freerunner-Splash.png Android Cupcake [0.2.0 RC1]

The AoF community has uploaded a first release candidate for 0.2.0. This release contains:

  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Improved stability of WiFi, GPS and GPRS
  • Kernel speedups (no debugging and no pre-emptive)
  • Dynamic CPU frequency scaling
  • Avoid security issue with ADB (now disabled by default)
For a complete overview of the changes see here.
Everyone is invited to take a look and provide feedback to the developers via the Wiki page.

Codename: Android Cupcake on Freerunner v0.2.0
Image: How to install

Hardware Works
Neo 1973 ?
FreeRunner yes
GTA04 ?
HTC-Dream ?
Other ?

Qtmokomain.png QtMoko

QtMoko is a Debian-based distribution for the Openmoko Freerunner phone. Phone and user interface are based on QT Extended, formerly known as Qtopia. Currently QtMoko is provided with two kernels - one vanilla andy-tracking with debugging stuff and one with stripped config. The first one is slow but stable. The second one is fast, but it can have problems with switching to QVGA (WSOD) and sometimes wifi does not work (Suspend/resume can fix it). You can decide which one you want to use. Just flash your favorite kernel (for jffs image) or change the symlink in /boot (for SD card image). There is a dirty hack for displaying undelivered SMS - you have to restart Qtopia. As for the changes - credits go to Jeroen for fixing bugs and Esteban for translations, thanks a lot! Changes from previous version:

  • Spanish translation (Esteban Monge)
  • Fixed compiling on systems with QT 4.6
  • Fixed freeze while removing wifi-settings (Jeroen Nijhof)
  • Fixed bing fonts in SMS email and others (Jeroen Nijhof)
  • Fixed saving suspend interval in power management (Jeroen Nijhof)
  • NeronGPS and Arora in default installation
  • Removed some demos and not working apps
  • QX now suspends on call or when SMS arrives
  • Workaround for incoming SMS bug
  • Two kernels. Slow with debug, fast with nodebug
  • Fixed web browser crashes
  • Downgrade to QT 4.5.3

Codename: 'V19'
Image: images

Hardware Works
Neo 1973 yes
FreeRunner yes
GTA04 ?
HTC-Dream ?
Other ?


New Applications

QGPSLog.png QGPSLog 0.1.99

QGPSLog is a GPS logging GUI that uses FSO for GPS and power control. It's simple and never supposed to get a map. Main target was to do track logging (start,stop,split) and avoid supsend when logging. You can specify a minimum battery capacity needed to log, otherwise it will stop logging.

Package: qgpslog
Tested on: SHR-Unstable

Application Updates

Elmdentica.png elmdentica 0.8.0

Elmdentica is a simple client made with Elementary. It's easy to use, and it will be even easier to setup. After installing you need to add your accounts. Recent changes are:

  • a bit more polished screens and exciting new features:
  • you can have more than one account, and if you have many accounts, only a few of them enabled or disabled quickly.
  • you have a messages and posts cache (albeit the last one is still incomplete)

Package: elmdentica
Tested on: SHR-Unstable,Om2009T5

Podboy.png Podboy 1.3.0

Podboy is a podcast aggregator/player written in Python/Elementary. Its interface aims to be easy and finger friendly. It uses Feedparser Python module for download/parsing of podcast feeds, Gstreamer for playing of episodes and SQLite for storing data. Changes are:

  • Add 3 new settings in a new section "Display": finger size, scaling factor and orientation.
  • Speed up startup (~3 seconds less).
  • View covers of podcasts in big size: just tap on cover in page "Player".
  • Allow podcasts URLs which start with itpc:// and feed://

Package: podboy
Tested on: SHR-Unstable


  • Golden Delicious Computers GmbH&Co. KG have done another upgrade and are now the first to sell the new variant GTA02A7+. The difference to the A7 is that the #1024 rework ("recamping bug") has already been applied. Therefore the A7+ device now has a much longer standby time in the case that the Calypso GSM modem goes to sleep mode. The company still offers the rework of #1024 bug.
  • Pulster announced re-production of car holders for Neo / FreeRunner which are again offered for 29 EUR.

Event News

  • 2010 April Openmobility 2010 conference in Czech Republic. There will be talks in Czech about Openmoko, Touch Book, N900, WikiReader and GSM protocol, maybe about Pandora. This is going to be Czech language conference, although if soomeone wants to come and talk about something related in english language, please contact with Martix. There are plans to run buzz & recamping fix party.
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