FatFingerShell vt with fullscreen keyboard

Helge Hafting helge.hafting at hist.no
Mon Mar 30 11:53:52 CEST 2009

Werner Almesberger wrote:
> Rafael Ignacio Zurita wrote:
>>   it is a new virtual terminal for Openmoko, with a complete fullscreen
>> keyboard and sound.
> Wow, I love this idea ! Alas, it looks a little slow. (Haven't tried to
> run it yet, just looked at the videos.)
> Here's an idea how you could perhaps make it much faster:
> A long time ago, I discussed with Carsten about what the Glamo could
> do for us. Predictably, this quickly turned into some rather extensive
> bashing of this ill-fated chip. On item that came up is the lack of
> proper support for a feature X11 calls "compositing":
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compositing_window_manager
> The Glamo hardware has the ability to blend images, but, if I recall
> our discussion correctly, X11 expects the blending operation to support
> certain formats which the Glamo doesn't. So the conclusion was that it
> wouldn't be possible to accelerate full X11 compositing with the Glamo.

Hm. But the glamo supports _some_ format. Will X11 be able to take
advantage of that, if the app is smart and request exactly the subsets 
of blending operations/dataformats that the glamo can do?

> Oh, and where are the applications ? :-) When Openmoko first announced
> the Linux-based GTA01, I read a lot of jokes about the kind of user
> interface a Linux phone would have. Usually they were of the kind
> "making a phone call is easy and intuitive:"
> # phone dial -d /dev/ttySAC0 --number=+123456789 --voice
> But I wonder if something that would make a call with simply
> # call foobar
> wouldn't be about as convenient to use as a GUI. Hang up with ^C,
> background and do something else with ^Z, etc. :-)
I have such a script for sms, but not for calls. I can send a message 
like this:

  # sms 123456789 "Short message text"

The script works with SHR, and probably FSO:
mdbus -s org.freesmartphone.ogsmd /org/freesmartphone/GSM/Device 
org.freesmartphone.GSM.SMS.SendMessage u\"$1\" "$2" {}

That is supposed to be 2 lines, but thunderbird tends to wrap.

Helge Hafting

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