OpenmokoFramework/Status Update 3

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Openmoko Framework Team Status Report 2008.7.1

Hi guys! This is the third Openmoko Framework Team Status update, featuring our second milestone release and more.

For the general motivation, the goals, and the way we are doing our work, please see

What happened since the last report


  • John Lee <> joined the framework team and will help us part time -- welcome on board, John!


  • org.freesmartphone.GSM is almost complete now and stable. We did only minor corrections and enhancements based on client feedback.
  • Preliminary versions of org.freesmartphone.Device.Audio and .Accelerometer have been added.
  • org.freedesktop.Gypsy has been implemented and org.freesmartphone.GPS will be used to configure more obscure GPS features
  • Still brainstorming about org.freesmartphone.Preferences and org.freesmartphone.Context.


Openmoko Framework Image -- 'All good things' (Milestone II)

This is the second milestone release of the framework and the framework testing application 'Zhone'.


A lightweight image that turns an Openmoko phone into a featurephone and that can serve as the basis for further application development using the dbus APIs.

What's new since Milestone I

Note: These are only the highlights. See the gitweb commit logs for the gory details...

  • General
    • Merged individual daemons into one daemon with multiple subsystems
    • Converted to python logging for debugging
    • Enhanced tests and API documentation
  • odevice
    • Implements org.freesmartphone.Device.Audio (GStreamer Playback engine and alsa scenario control)
    • Implements org.freesmartphone.Device.Input (button switches / headphones insertion etc.)
    • Accellerator support (raw data, gestures coming soon)
  • ogsmd (renamed from ophoned)
    • Implements org.freesmartphone.GSM.PDP (GPRS handling)
    • Implements org.freesmartphone.GSM.CB (Cell Broadcast handling)
    • Implements org.freesmartphone.GSM.HZ (O2/Genion Home Zone handling)
    • Multiparty call handling for TI Calypso
    • Initial support for Freescale Neptune Modem and Sierra Modem
    • Call forwarding
    • DTMF
  • opgsd (new subsystem)
    • Implements the org.freedesktop.Gypsy DBus API
    • Supports U-Blox binary protocol
  • ophoned (new subsystem)
    • Prepare combined telephony API for VoIP and GSM
  • zhone
    • Add phonebook
    • Add messagebook
    • Add basic GPS viewer
    • Integrate Illume launcher and keyboard
    • Ship additional programs

Download / Installation

  1. Grab a uImage and a .jffs2 for your device.
  2. Flash it to your Neo1973 (om-gta01) or NeoFreeRunner (om-gta02) with dfu-util.
  3. Boot and wait until the Zhone main window appears.
  4. Have fun.

What you can expect from this release

  • Telephony
  • Phonebook
  • Messagebook (SMS)
  • GPS
  • frameworkd implementing the following dbus APIs:
    • org.freesmartphone.Device.{Audio|Input|IdleNotifier|PowerSupply|Display|LED}
    • org.freesmartphone.Usage
    • org.freesmartphone.Event
    • org.freesmartphone.GSM.{Device|SIM|Network|PDP|CB|HZ}
    • org.freedesktop.Gypsy

What we expect from you

  • Feedback and comments for the dbus APIs. This is your chance to take an active role into shaping the application programming interface for all your cool applications.
  • Focus on using the services. Zhone is just our testing-UI and bears little functionality. It's the services that matter.
  • The best way to interact with the framework is by exploring the dbus APIs. For that you can use the two tools, which are already installed:
    • mdbus -- a dbus introspection and interaction utility,
    • cli-framework -- a python dbus command line interface.
  • If you want to interact with the GSM modem, while the frameworkd is running, you can use mickeyterm -- a MUXer-aware minimal terminal emulator.

What's next

  • SMS PDU Handling
  • GTA01 GPS integration, cold and warm start improvements
  • Preferences integration
  • More tutorials and high level documentation
  • Work towards Milestone 3 (see Roadmap and Issue Tracker)

The Team

Mickey, Jan, Daniel, Guillaume, John.

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