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Three weeks with FreeRunner This is the third week with the FreeRunner GTA02, and to this date it is of no better use to me than a brick. I have installed different versions of the OM2008, Qtopia and Debian, but none of these installations are working to any satisfaction in my world. This is of course a product in development thus one cannot expect things to work flawlessly compared to an ordinary phone. But then again, after more than one year of development I do at least expect the following to work:

  • Make calls
  • Receive calls
  • Have a good enough audio quality
  • Receive SMS messages
  • Send SMS messages
  • Be able to connect with ssh through USB

And I haven't even listed "long enough standby time" as an issue. If these things cannot be met, it's more or less impossible for me to keep my SIM card in the phone.

om2007.2 The phone came with this Distribution installed. After making my first call, getting complaints about the people at the other end finding it unbearable to hear a clear echo of their own voice I gave up and installed the new OM2008.8 version

om2008.8 Well, here the first problem is to be able to enter your PIN code for your SIM card. There is about no way to understand how you are able to change the keyboard to write numbers. Wherever I have been searching there is simply no menue or levers to adjust your speaker and microphone level making it unusable.

Qtopia 4.3.3 When using the standard theme, you can at least make phone calls, but no matter how you try to adjust the volume on the speaker, it will stay at the top level. Changing to the second theme available makes things even funnier. There is no dial menue in sight wherever you look.

Debian Even though this one looks promising, I am still struggling with the simplest of things which is to get the pointer aligned with the screen after having done an apt-get upgrade of the basic installation. People are giving lots of nice hints about what values should be in the /dev/etc/pointercal file, but no matter what I put in there, only a portion of the screen is needed to access the phole display. Most people are refering to the touch screen events being received through /dev/input/event1, but no such device exists in my Debian installation.

About Debian

Hello Theo,

Your feedback about Debian sounds strange. Did you follow this procedure? My FreeRunner has been running Debian for three weeks and I never experienced such pointer related problems.