Community Updates/2010-09-01

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Period 2010-08-01 to 2010-08-31


Debian-openlogo-480.png Debian GNU/Linux

Debian is a universal operating system used on many other embedded devices, and also on home computers. Using Debian on the FreeRunner gives access to the huge army of software packaged in the Debian repositories, already compiled for the Neo's arm(v4) processor. Moreover, one can build one's own source files for programs without having to learn the OpenEmbedded way. For an existing Debian/Ubuntu user, choosing Debian for Neo FreeRunner makes phone a very familiar, trustworthy and flexible place to hack in.

General news:

  • The ARM servers sponsored by ARM Ltd. got activated, thus experimental packages are built for arm now. That means also fso-gsmd got built for the Freerunner.
  • SHR packages have been removed from pkg-fso repository, they all arrived in Debian unstable, and just in time for Debian 6.0 freeze.

The biggest hurdle for official FreeRunner support in Debian is the kernel, since basically everything else starts to be in, in one form or another. There are currently two places with FreeRunner related kernels in Debian:

Codename: 'sid'

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

Qtmokomain.png QtMoko [v26]

Qtmoko is distribution for Openmoko Freerunner phone based on debian and qtopia. Here is a list of notable changes since previous stable version (v24):

  • Fixed WS (white screen) problem in qmplayer & QX rotation (Gennady Kupava)
  • Fixed unresponsive touchscreen after resume (Gennady Kupava)
  • Use blue indicator is used for wifi activity (Alex Samorukov)
  • Reconnect wifi after resume (Alex Samorukov)
  • Updated QtMaze with better graphics and other enhancements (Anton Olkhovik)
  • We use kernel modules for bluetooth
  • Many updates and bugfixes to QMplayer
  • More reliable GPRS connection (Alex Samorukov)
  • Bluethooth updates
  • APGS and GPS standby support (Piotr Gabryjeluk)
  • Fixed "When locked" power management mode
  • Bigger QTerminal (no tabs whith only one session)
  • Raptor - GUI for apt package manager
  • New nice theme called finximod (Joif)
  • Many updates and bugfixes to Arora (Ant+Alex)
  • New apps - qweather (Anton Olkhovik) and qneoriod game (Bala)
  • PDF support in eyepiece (Alex Samorukov)
For a more complete list of changes and some additional info please read the announcement mail

Codename: 'v26'
Image: images

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


Application Updates

Estardict.png eStarDict 0.3

Offline dictionary reader made in C with Enlightenment Elementary UI. Version 0.3 of eStarDict adds support for czech-english dictionary. You have to remember, that right now it can manage only one dictionary per instance.

Tested on: SHR-Unstable,SHR-Testing


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