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With a variety of linux distributions come a myriad of differences. Below are some quirks you may find when building, flashing or talking to your Neo1973

OpenSuSE 10.2


When booting the Neo1973 in u-boot mode /dev/ttyACM0 may not appear automatically. You may have to:

# modprobe cdc_acm

before hand. Conversely cdc_ether seems to work automatically without any issues.


Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a graphical desktop sharing system which uses the RFB protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network. (source: Wikipedia)

Install a VNC server on the FR

# opkg install x11vnc

Create a launcher icon on the desktop like this:

echo -e "[Desktop Entry]\n\
Comment=Bring up x11vnc\n\
Exec=xterm -e x11vnc -display :0.0 -ncache 10\n\
StartupNotify=true" > /usr/share/applications/x11vnc.desktop 

One can now fully control the FR from the desktop by launching

$ vncviewer

It even accepts keyboard input, for example in the dialer, or any other control using the desktop mouse as the styler; this way it's also very easy to make screenshots for presentation, or even capture a session in a movie with:

$ vnc2swf openmoko.swf

some examples here:

Posted by Matthias Apitz on the community mailing list, 28/09/2008

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