Which Distro?

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at openmoko.org
Wed Jul 16 15:14:51 CEST 2008

On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:14:49 -0700 Dirk Bergstrom <openmoko at otisbean.com>

> Vijay Vaidyanathan wrote:
> > I'm trying to make a decision on whether to drop in a new distribution to
> > replace the 2007.2 that came preinstalled on my FR.
> Me too.
> > Is there an "official" distribution that is blessed and "supported" by
> > "OpenMoko - The Company" and is most future-proof.
> AFAIK, the answer is "Not yet, but many people are working very hard to 
> get to a better answer."
> > 1. Why has OpenMoko (The Company) chosen not to support one definitive
> > distribution as its official one? I'd like to understand the logic behind
> > it. What are end-users (i.e. those who will surely have no desire to flash a
> > new distro) expected to be eventually using?
> There has been a lot of (sometimes bitter) discussion about this.
> > 2. Which distro are you currently using?
> I'm using whatever came on the phone.  I did 'opkg update && opkg 
> upgrade' the day after I got the phone.  I've made a few changes based 
> on the wiki, or stuff I read in emails.  The one that made the biggest 
> difference was installing the matchbox keyboard, as built by Arne.  I 
> don't really plan on doing a whole lot more for the next couple weeks.
>  > and why?
> Several reasons:
> *) I expect that something better will be along shortly.  I think having 
> real hardware in people's hands constitutes a critical mass, and we'll 
> start seeing a clear(er) direction.
> *) I'm completely swamped with work right now, and then I'm going to be 
> traveling for ten days (including going to OSCON).  I might have some 
> time to play with the phone while I'm away, but not much.
> *) I'm hoping that the FSO framework will make some good progress.  That 
> seems (to me) like the right way to go.  I can wrap my head around a 
> dbus based world, and more importantly, I can code to it in python.
> *) I'm waiting for some of the dust to settle in the GTK / Enlightenment 
> / Qt fracas.  I only want to learn one UI toolkit.

all are included. learn the one u like most - that solves the problem u want to
solve best! stop thinking that we will only ver ship and support 1 widget set
and then u have to learn that. you will be waiting a very long time. with FSO
above you STILL will need to make a choice. back-end system functions are
stuffed behind a dbus api. front end (widget set, toolkits whatever) is STILL
your problem.

> *) I'm a high-level guy, and embedded stuff is way out of my comfort 
> zone, so there's not much I can *do* right now anyways.  The major stuff 
> I want to do is dependent on things like cron/scheduling and a working 
> browser (with adjustable font sizes, bookmarks, and the ability to read 
> local files).
> --
> Dirk
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Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) <raster at openmoko.org>

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