distribution choice

Warren Baird photogeekmtl at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 21:44:25 CEST 2008

Hi Kevin,

In terms of java support, I've experimented using a large and quite
complicated commercial java application on my freerunner, and it ran
surprisingly well - there were a few problems in some encryption code, but
the rest was pretty good.

However, the performance was not fantastic.   The jalimo (jvm) docs say that
performance is very bad for swing/awt apps, and this app made heavy use of

I'd guess that if you use one of the GUI frameworks recommended by the
jalimo people, it'd be ok.

My understanding though is that a lot of people develop apps for the OM in
python using pygtk.   I haven't tried that yet myself, but it looks pretty
easy and powerful.

Good luck!


On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Kevin Dixon <kevin.c.dixon at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> My company is planning to roll out a suite of applications to be ran on the
> openmoko/freerunner platform.
> I'm researching which distribution would be best for our needs. We are not
> so concerned with the current state of available applications, since we will
> be writing out own.
> So here are a few questions that hopefully you guys can field:
> We are debating between Om 2007.2 and Om 2008.8.
> Which release is more stable? 2007.2 or 2008.8, in regards to the
> Freerunner.
> Is Java a viable choice to implement a suite of applications on this
> hardware? What is the state of the JVM? Are there restrictions, e.g.
> accessing the Accelerometer or other hardware?
> If we do not target Java, what API/framework should we target? I suspect
> for 2008.8 and future development, it would be Qt?
> Thanks!
> -Kevin Dixon
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