Debian on the FreeRunner -- a few questions/solutions

Fox Mulder Quakeman1 at
Thu Aug 21 21:06:59 CEST 2008

First of all i must say that i'm quite impressed with debian on the
freerunner. It runs quite smooth most of the time and the software
choices are realy nice. :)

There is a thing what i found out about the matchbox keyboard. The
standard layout is quite bad so i tried my customized from 2007.2 which
doesn't work at all (i already read about this problem). After a long
try and error session i found out why it doesn't work. The matchbox
keyboard which comes with debian seems not to get along with the
action="modifier:layout" tag. After i found out i removed all
alternative layouts and it worked with my nice german layout with f-keys
and everithing which is on the keyboard. :)
If someone is interested in the german layout with f-keys i attached.

Now to the questions i couldn't solve myself until now and i hope
somebody has a few hints for me.

First thing is that i can't find the setting, when the display dims the
brightness. The default setting dims it after some minutes (~3-5 min, i
didn't measure it) what is way to late for battery usage. Also it would
ne nice to set the maximum brightness and not always maximum (63).

Then i wanted to use openoffice, what would make me really happy because
i only use OO on my desktop as well. But after i inetalled it i can't
start it. When i try to start any OO app i got the following error message

/usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice: line 365:  2088 Illegal instruction
    "$sd_prog/$sd_binary" "$@"

where the second number increases with every try. "soffice" seems to be
a start script, but i can't find the problem why it doesn't work. :(

Then i wanted to ask if there exists a recent navit version for debian.
For 2007.2 i got one as ipkg which works really good with navigation and
speech output, but for debian i can't find any precompiled package.
I have the apprehension that i must compile it myself, but if this is
going well is another story. ;)

There are quite some more things i didn't find out yet, but these are
the most important at the moment.

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