Community Updates/2011-09-01

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Period 2011-05-01 to 2011-08-31

Welcome to the 2011-09-01 edition of the Free The Phone / Openmoko Community Updates. We are a loosely bound group of people originating from the developers and users of the pioneering Neo1973 and Neo FreeRunner products from Openmoko Inc. Nowadays most efforts are around free software distributions for a range of mobile phones, including the original Neo products. There are also several spin-off companies inspired by the Openmoko Inc's work.



Distributions lists releases and other significant updates in distributions that have some support for the Openmoko devices.

Debian-openlogo-480.png Debian GNU/Linux

Debian is a universal operating system used on many embedded devices, servers and home computers. Using Debian on the FreeRunner gives access to the huge army of software packaged in the Debian repositories, already compiled for the Neo's ARM(v4) processor. Moreover, one can build one's own source files for programs without having to learn the OpenEmbedded way. For an existing Debian/Ubuntu user, choosing Debian for Neo FreeRunner makes phone a very familiar, trustworthy and flexible place to hack in.

General news:

  • Debian is again installable with the script, thanks to a new kernel and some testing. See for more details
  • FreeSmartphone.Org's FSO2 is making it into Debian finally, thanks to fabulous work by Rico Rommel and others. Most of it is already in: - as of this writing, also libfsosystem, fso-usaged and fso-gsmd have gone in
  • FSO2 also means, like mentioned in the hardware section, a start of support for many new phones like Palm Pre, Nokia N900, Nexus One and others that have at least some support in FSO daemons
  • A new 2.6.34 kernel was released into the pkg-fso repository, required by all Neo FreeRunner users that have upgraded to Debian unstable's newest udev version. It includes the wire_up_sys_accept4.patch.
  • Enlightenment 17 (E17) has seen several updates, but the Python bindings still lag behind and the needed versions are only available in the experimental repository
  • omhacks 0.15 uploaded, most noticeable change: Fix error handling of om_sysfs_readfile
  • Other relevant package updates include new upstream snapshots of zhone and intone, even though both are relatively little developed compared to their competitors in the phone UI and music player fields

Codename: 'sid'

Hardware Works
Neo 1973 yes
FreeRunner yes
GTA04 ?
HTC-Dream yes
Other yes

Other distributions:


New Applications

System boot.png Aurora 0.1

Aurora is an UI for FSO2 middleware that tries to replace Zhone/Zhone2. It is currently primarily offered as SHROpenEmbedded based images for Palm Pre series of phones

Package: aurora
Tested on:

Application Updates

Foxtrotgps.png FoxtrotGPS 1.0.1

FoxtrotGPS is a tangoGPS fork adding multiple improvements

  • Hungarian, Spanish and French translations completed
  • Bug fixes to tile downloading
  • gpsd 2.96 support
  • more bug fixes

Package: foxtrotgps-1.0.1.tar.gz
Tested on: Debian

General News

Most important and change making mails on the mailing lists, blogs etc.. Coolest hacks, screenshots, themes etc..

Event News

  • 2011-11-11-13 FSCONS - one track is "Development for Embedded Systems". Last year there was a presentation about Neo FreeRunner's history.
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