Wolfmans Howlings

A programmers Blog about Programming solutions and a few other issues

Porting xgps to Qtopia for the Freerunner

Posted by Jim Morris on Wed Aug 27 14:46:34 -0700 2008


I was getting bored waiting for Trolltech to release the next version of Qtopia for the Freerunner, so I ported the xgps client from gpsd's distribution to Qtopia.

As you may know by now, Qtopia does not have X11 so none of the existing X11 based or GTK based GPS clients work. I was exploring GPSD because I wanted to to be able to get a one time position for my sunset calculator which requires your current latitude and longitude. Although GPSD is not well suited for that (thats a whole other blog entry), I did notice you can connect to it over the ethernet, so I was playing with cgps and xgps that you find in the GPSD tar file, running on my desktop, talking to gpsd running on my Freerunner.

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Posted in Openmoko  |  Tags openmoko,freerunner,gps  |  32 comments

Ruby 1.8.6 on Openmoko Freerunner

Posted by Jim Morris on Sun Aug 10 23:09:54 -0700 2008

I finally got around to building ruby 1.8.6 for my FR. I modified the ruby bitbake files that I found in the Mokomakefile openembedded directory. I am not sure how one actually is meant to do this, as the OE site is down and the docs don't explain it. So I just replaced the 1.8.5 ones with the 1.8.6 ones. I also managed to fix a bug in the 1.8.5 BB recipe that was causing socket to not build.

I also got the ruby dbus library to work, although I don't know what to do with it yet :)

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Posted in Openmoko  |  Tags ruby,freerunner  |  3 comments

OpenMoko Freerunner after a few weeks

Posted by Jim Morris on Tue Jul 22 13:20:08 -0700 2008

Well I have had this thing for a few weeks now, and I have burned a lot of hours playing with it :) (Wish I could bill someone for those hours it would have paid for the phone 4 times over!)

I started with 2007.2 the built in image, and upgraded it initially with dfu-util, then with opkg update && opkg upgrade.

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Posted in Openmoko,Linux  |  Tags openmoko,freerunner  |  5 comments

OpenMoko Freerunner first impressions

Posted by Jim Morris on Fri Jul 11 13:53:11 -0700 2008

OK so I just got my shiny new OpenMoko Freerunner GTA02.

This is an Open source GSM cell phone, running Linux and OpenMoko S/W stack.

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Posted in Openmoko,Linux  |  Tags openmoko,freerunner  |  19 comments