One Application, Multiple Frameworks (was: openmoko on other FIC platforms as well?)

Stefan Schmidt stefan at
Mon Dec 4 12:17:40 CET 2006


On Mon, 2006-12-04 at 11:44, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> > I see one main problem with openmoko on this devbices. It is designed
> > for phone handling not media player handling.
> > We should be able to use the base system, but would need a complete
> > new gui and framework design.
> > In long term I would really prefer to have _one_ device for phone
> > calls, contacts, dates, mp3 and perhaps small videos, navigation, etc.
> Entirely correct. We are at a stage in time where we recognize that we
> (application developers) have to solve an important problem to make
> usability scale between different devices requiring different UI
> paradigms motivated by physical differences.

Yeah. That is still a hard task. Moving to dbus and hal is on of the
right steps here. As you wrote a abstraction from the toolkit layer
could be another. Keep in mind that absrtaction are not cheap.

> What we are doing right now is adding more and more #ifdef clauses to
> applications or making every application a plugin-host for a variety
> of frontend (UI) plugins, but I don't think this will be the way to go
> in the future.

Ugly and hard to maintain for >3 different UIs. Of course you know the
pain. :)

Stefan Schmidt
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