Openmoko newbie dev questions

John Lee john_lee at
Sun Sep 14 22:14:40 CEST 2008

On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 11:00:12PM +0100, Dan wrote:
> Hi -
> I have just set up linux (xubuntu 8.04) on an old laptop. I'm an
> openmoko newbie, hopefully you can help me with a couple of questions:
> * I have followed Andreas Dalsgaard's tutorial [1] and the steps
> 1-to-5 seem to have worked fine, no complaints. However I don't have
> an openmoko unit, I want to test the application on the laptop. I have
> installed xoo and xephyr (from repository), and I think I have built
> the calculator app (although there was no "bin" folder produced by
> make; not sure where the binary is). So two questions, I suppose:
> What's the quickest way to run the calculator app to check if I've
> been successful?
> How do I run the calculator app under xoo/xephyr?

toolchain builds app for arm, while xoo/xephyr runs on your host,
which most likely to be a x86, as an extra X server.  that means no
way you can run the app on your host.

i think what you need here is the openmoko-qemu.

> * Another question: Do I need to worry about the difference between
> 2007 and 2008 (or other) versions of OM? The tutorial seems to use
> 2007.2

it really depends on what kind of app you will be working on.  the
phone and pim stacks are different, and will be different again with
fso in place, but for example if you want to do a bluetooth app, it's
pretty much the same.

i would suggest you take a look at fso first, then start from a
toolkit that you're familiar with, e.g. gtk/qt/efl.

- John

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