Ten general QtMoko and Debian questions

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Mon Nov 12 08:24:57 CET 2012

Am 10.11.2012 um 21:42 schrieb Harry Prevor:

> I just aquired a Freerunner, and after checking out the list of
> distributions on the wiki I've narrowed it down to Debian and QtMoko.
> I'm leaning toward QtMoko but I'm unsure about a few things:
> 1. What are the advantages to using QTMoko over Debian on a Freerunner?

With QtMoko you get a set of touch and screen size optimized applications
using the Qt GUI toolkit running on top of e.g. Debian.

> 2. I like that it is built for touch by default in QtMoko but would
> also like to fall back to a desktop-like environment when needed (i.e.
> something like Openbox that isn't optimized for touch); this is
> possible, no?

I think you can just do 'apt-get install lxde' and need some minor tweaks
on the init scripts to switch between both.

> 3. Does QTMoko offer all the software in the Debian repositories?

Yes, since QtMoko = Debian + GUI

> 4. Can I install a different window manager than the default one if wanted?
> 5. Are there any glaring software limitations regarding the Freerunner
> that QtMoko has that Debian doesn't?
> 6. They both use the same kernel, right?

They even use the same Debian packages.

> 7. From what I've seen it seems like QtMoko is being more actively
> developed than Debian on the Freerunner currently; is this true?
> 8. If I prefer the debian-unstable packages can I use that repository on QtMoko?
> 9. If I were to upgrade to a GTA04 at some point, would the transition
> be any easier on one distribution than the other?

should be the same

> 10. Is either distribution more thouroughly tested with the GTA04 than
> the other?

QtMoko isn't really a distribution independently of Debian. I usually
describe it as a preconfigured user interface added to Debian.

> Thanks ahead of time for the answers.
> -- 
> Harry Prevor
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