[Community Updates] 2010-08-01 is out
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Period 2010-07-01 to 2010-07-31
*** Distributions ***
Debian is a universal operating system used on many other embedded
devices, and also on home computers. Using Debian on the FreeRunner
gives access to the huge army of software packaged in the Debian
repositories, already compiled for the Neo's arm(v4) processor.
Moreover, one can build one's own source files for programs without
having to learn the OpenEmbedded way. For an existing Debian/Ubuntu
user, choosing Debian for Neo FreeRunner makes phone a very familiar,
trustworthy and flexible place to hack in.
* A new e17 - http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/E17 - snapshot has
been uploaded to Debian (0.7.0.49898)
* The remaining SHR packages were prepared for main inclusion and
are now in the NEW queue: libphoneui-shr, phoneuid, phoneui-apps
* Intone - http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Intone - got updated to
the most current revision (r77)
* FoxtrotGPS - http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/FoxtrotGPS - was
uploaded to Debian main archive and replaced TangoGPS
* fso-gsmd is still depending on vala version that is only in the
experimental branch, and therefore not compiled for FreeRunner yet
QtMoko is a distribution based on Debian and Qt Extended Improved
(formerly Qtopia). There is no new version since the latest update.
However, a few news items are available:
* QtMoko v25 is in development and will be using the 2.6.32 kernel
* Joif announced a new theme for QtMoko:
No application reports this month, although surely there are new
releases all the time :)
Most important and change making mails on the mailing lists, blogs
etc.. Coolest hacks, screenshots, themes etc..
* Gennady Kupava proceeded onwards in his amazing work from
overclocking FreeRunner (see Community Updates/2010-07-01) to speeding
up Glamo graphics chip's timing settings:
As always, proceed with your own risk, but indeed this is not
overclocking but pure timing settings tweaking similar to DDR latency
settings in ordinary computer BIOSes.
* While ordinary users might stick to the venerable 2.6.29
("andy-tracking") branch or try out 2.6.32, the newest development
actually already happens in branches based on Linux kernel 2.6.34:
. Work done by Thibaut Girka, Lars-Peter Clausen, Thomas White and
Martin Jansa - thanks to all effort by these guys, testers and other
* The 2.6.32 kernel branches at git.openmoko.org are not currently
completely ready for end users. SHR maintains a big bunch of patches
that are needed for some components to work:
* Golden Delicious Computers released Openmoko Beagle Hybrid
Boards including GPS and a gyroscope. At the same time, they announced
- plans to develop the next open hardware phone. Based on a OMAP3530
SoC this device will bring a lot of computing power to your pocket.
* The Freerunner Navigation Board v2 -
http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Freerunner_Navigation_Board_v2 - is
being tested right now. The first fully assembled boards are expected
to arrive within the next two weeks. If you are interested in buying
one you can still specify -
which chips you'd like to have preassembled.
More about community on the Community Resources page /
* 2010 Autumn German Open Hard&Software Workshop in Munich; will
cover Openmoko, Beagle Board, Arduino, OpenPandora, ...; still in
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