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Our Openmoko Wiki Editing Guidelines are meant to assist our users in editing this wiki. They try to ensure a somewhat more consistent and organized structure.


  1. Openmoko refers only to the software (think Openmoko GNU/Linux distribution), not to any of the devices
  2. Neo 1973 is the first hardware device that officially runs Openmoko, Neo FreeRunner is the second
  3. Use "the smartphone" if you refer to a hardware device that could be Neo 1973 but could also be a later version


  1. If you see an error, correct it!
  2. If you see a page that is mis-categorized, correct it!
  3. If you're adding information (especially pages) about the hardware, keep in mind that the Neo 1973 is only one of the various devices that will run Openmoko. Thus,
    1. Do not create generic pages like "Battery", rather use "Neo 1973 Battery".
    2. If it makes sense to have generic pages, use per-device sections and make sure you always link to the Neo 1973 section from other Neo 1973 specific pages.
    3. See Style sheet section for a list of other definitive spellings used in the Openmoko project.
  4. The wiki is primarily meant to contain factual information on actual project software, hardware, even though parts might still be under development. Thus,
    1. If you're adding information about wishlist items (or even more imaginary things), please clearly mark them with a "Wishlist:" prefix in the page title.
    2. Always make sure that an outside user can clearly distinguish between the actual feature set of the device, and "interesting theoretical plans of what one could do if he had time" :)
  5. Avoid duplication! Multiple sources often get out of sync, leading to confusion and mis-information. If you have new information see if it is an appropriate addition to an existing page. If you do feel that a new page is in order, remove duplicated information from the existing page and consolidate in your new page.
  6. Use categories! We are trying to use categories as a way to help newcomers find what they want. Proper categorization of your new page or any existing pages will help bring your valuable information to the eyes of the user, and will help raise the level of usefulness of the entire wiki

Adding a new page

To start a new page you can either create a link to it first on another page, like this:

[[My new page]]

then click the resulting link and start editing the new page, or you can add your new page name to the URL in your browser's address-bar, like this:

and create the page first, before linking to it, or allow the wiki nannies to do the linking for you... they will see your page show up here:

Use categories

Adding categories to a page allows the wiki engine to organize the content automagically. This allows readers to find information in an organized way.

  • Please add a category at the bottom of the pages you create, trying to select the one most-accurate category for the page.
  • If a page truly fits in multiple categories, OK, but the wiki will be more organized if you pick the one most-accurate category.
  • Review the existing category hierarchy on the Category:Categories page. (Be sure to press the + buttons to see the subcategories.)
  • A complete flat list of categories is available on the special categories page.
  • If a category does not exist and you think a new one is required then use the same category syntax to create a new one.

To add your page to a category:

  [[Category:My selected category]]
  [[Category:My new category]]

If you are creating a new category, then be sure to click on the new category link and define what you were thinking should go into this category. Please be brief so readers will easily see the automatically indexed page links below your introduction text.

To link to a category page within the page text:

  [[:Category:My new category | My new category]]

For more help on categories, please see MediaWiki's "Categories" help page.

Use templates

Please see available Templates and add them where necessary.

List pages

List pages are manually maintained pages, which link to a certain set of articles. Their purpose is similar to category pages' automatic article listing, but they can provide advantages above the automatic lists, like sections, better formatting, sorting.

An index page is only justified if it gives value added to the reader by

  • Making a thematic selection of quality links within and/or outside the Wiki
  • Providing a well thought out logical organization that makes it easy to find information
  • Offering a good formatting consistent with the above goal Indexes should be not be painful to maintain. Comprehensive lists of pages cannot be kept up to date and are better made automatically using categories.

You are welcome to create and improve list pages which match these recommendations.

See also: Wikipedia about Categories,_lists,_and_navigation_templates

Style Sheet

A list of definitive spellings used throughout the site

  • Numbers [0-9]
    • 1973
      • (the model name of the first Openmoko phone)
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
    • FreeRunner
      • (not freerunner or Freerunner)
      • (the model name of the 2nd Openmoko phone, technically GTA02)
  • G
  • H
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L
  • M
    • MokoMakefile (and it's not a script)
  • N
    • Neo
      • (the brand name of Openmoko phones)
    • Neo 1973
      • (the brand and model name of the first Openmoko phone)
      • (not neo1973 or neo 1973. Note this has changed during the course of the project and a lot of current entries in the Wiki and software are wrong. See here for the official pronouncement as of February 2008)
    • Neo FreeRunner
      • (the brand and model name of the second Openmoko phone)
      • (not NeoFreeRunner or neo freerunner)
  • O
    • "Openmoko" or "Om"
      • (the name of the complete software stack)
      • (not "OpenMoko" anymore as of March 2008.)
    • Openmoko Inc
      • (the name of the Taiwanese company that develops products for the project)
      • (the community, non-commercial website for the project)
      • (the commercial website and webshop of Openmoko Inc)
    • Om 2007.2
      • (the second version of the Openmoko distribution)
    • Om 2008.8
      • (according to William Lai [1])(the third version of the distribution)
  • P
  • Q
  • R
  • S
  • T
  • U
  • V
  • W
  • X
  • Y
  • Z

Follow up on your own pages

When you create a new page, it's a good idea to add it to your watchlist. Check your watchlist regularly to keep up with the evolution of the pages you have created, help the new editors of your page.

See also

See also sections are for linking to other related articles in this Wiki. For external links please create an External links section instead. We encourage adding see also links to pages.