Community Updates/2009-07-09

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Period June 25nd to July 9th, 2009


  • QtMoko V3 - QT moko is a Debian distribution for the Openmoko FreeRunner phone. Phone and user interface are based on QT Extended, formerly known as Qtopia. Version V3 should be stable as a daily phone. Latest changes include:
    • upgrade to QT 4.5.2 which should improve speed
    • merge from other QtMoko branches with many bug fixes
    • added nice new QtMaze game
    • fixed problem so that apt-get should work out of the box now
  • Experimental QtMoko X4 - new QtMoko images that are based on Debian and that now support running X application from Qtopia. You have to use QX launcher which will allow you to start X applications in fullscreen. You can exit the application when you press the touchscreen for 5 seconds. The application will then be paused and you can either kill it or continue. The support for switching tasks between Qtopia and X application is still missing.
    • images are called x4 (because of X windows support), images without X will be called v4
    • logging should now work
    • better UI speed
    • rotation should work
    • apt-get should work out of the box
    • new application QX which is used as launcher for X applications
    • included TangoGPS and ScummVM
    • /dev/mmcblk0p1 mounts to /media/card now and /dev/mmcblk0p4 as swap
  • OpenWrt - Mirko Vogt and the OpenWrt team have released OpenWrt for the Neo/FreeRunner devices. They provide flashable images. Mind - that, as usual for OpenWrt - the default IP of your device will be "" and the only running service will be <telnet> on port 23. After logging in and setting a password, <telnetd> is getting replaced through <sshd> (port 22).
    • kernel is running
    • clean, stable and accelerated graphics system
    • GPS works
    • performance tuned
    • software added/upgraded
    • a beautiful bootsplash
    • phone calls are possible, thanks to paroli
  • A new release of FSO is around the corner, see Openmoko Framework Team Status Report 2009.7


New Applications

  • mqutIM - instant messenger for QtMoko. Only ICQ protocol is currently supported.
  • NoxChat - IRC client for QtMoko.
  • Neote 0.2.0 - note taking application. Its interface aims to be easy and finger friendly. It's written in Python/Elementary and uses SQLite for storing data. Notes can be organized using custom categories that you can add, rename and delete at any time. Currently, only text note type is available. It should run on any system with a revision of python-elementary equal or greater to 40756. Looks like at time of this writing SHR-unstable is the only candidate. Future plans:
    • Draw notes
    • Record voice notes

Application Updates

  • Elmdentica 0.5.1 - the µ-blogging (, twitter, other twitter like api µ-blogs) client for your Free Smartphone. You can take a look at the screenshot here
    • pretty bubbles with icons and temporal references
    • repeat (or retweet) what other say and reply to others
    • counter which warns if you type more than 140 characters
    • multiple account support (only one active at each moment)
    • Fixed some bugs
    • added a domain editor
    • supports links in status messages (but does nothing with them)
  • ffalarms 0.2.3 is a program to set multiple alarms a day using a finger friendly user interface (hence the name). Three clicks to set an alarm time. Progressive volume. Switch off though four buttons puzzle. LED night clock included. ffalarms 0.2.3 includes:
    • rewritten using Vala/libeflvala/Elementary (same features as 0.2.2)
    • avoids suspend and keeps display on during alarm on FSO platform (such as SHR)
    • note: will not stop alarms added by previous versions of ffalarms
  • gvSIG Mobile 0.1.4 - Mobile GIS
    • Courier Mode - produce and display tours of an area, or use the eature to measure your distance from a point / region
    • GUI tweaks including full screen mode
    • Arabic translation, thanks to Nawfal Cherqui
    • Support for German coordinate systems (EPSG:31466 to EPSG:31469)


  • On 2008-07-04, according to press release, Openmoko has opened it's online store for purchase of the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner. Thus this date is considered as official FreeRunner birthday day. Happy birthday FreeRunner!
  • Opened Czech Openmoko community portal: and moved Jabber conference from to
  • Kimaidou, author of Mokometeo, has created a google code page with a mercurial repository. Thus you all are encouraged to commit the improvements.
  • David Reyes has uploaded the video made at Barcelona Buzz fix party and also made subtitles in English. Sure it can be improved but at least will let follow the conversations for those who are not familiar with Spanish.
  • Pictures with comments of the last Buzz fix party on Madrid can be found here.

Event News

  • 2009-07-25 The Debconf9 buzz fix party has been scheduled on Saturday.
  • 2009-07-18 Linux meeting Beroun Czech Openmoko community meeting and buzz fix party in Beroun.
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