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Mac Issues / New Version Of Ajzaurususb
« on: June 26, 2010, 12:57:04 pm »
It was quite quiet for a while around AJZaurusUSB since it simply worked. Except, one major bug that we never found. But now, we unexpectedly got a kernel panic which allowed to track back the issue which was that the driver did panic if a MacBook was sent to sleep. Sometimes it did not even wake up.

Now we are happy to release the new Version 0.6.0 where this bug has been fixed.

Since we have moved and rearranged the servers a little, the new download link is:

Project home is:

And sources are now available through GIT:

If you encounter bugs and problems, please write to the Issues tracker.

-- hns

For Sale / Wanted / Wanted - Broken Zaurus C Series Within Eu
« on: September 27, 2009, 10:07:00 am »
I am looking to purchase a broken Zaurus for visual demonstration purposes. So I don't need accessories (have enough myself) and it may be (invisibly) damaged.
If you have such a device sitting unused around, please tell me which model (C7x0, C860, C1000, C3x00) and your expected price.
Please only offers from within the EU.

Thank you,
Nikolaus Schaller

OpenMoko / Openmoko Was Shown At Systems, Munich
« on: October 25, 2008, 02:15:24 am »
Hi all,
the Openmoko Freerunner was presented at the SYSTEMS fair in Munich (21-24 Oct 2008) at the booth of Golden Delicious Computers (handheld linux shop).

Many visitors were interested in seeing and touching the Freerunner and astonished how good it works.

It was shown with
* factory image
* Qtopia
* 2008.9
* QuantumSTEP (on a Neo 1973)

There was also a demo how the Freerunner controls some lights through an USB host interface and a relay switch board.

Some photos have been posted in a German forum:

-- hns

OpenMoko / Fyi: Gps Problems, Summary
« on: July 17, 2008, 01:31:03 am » writes

A summary of everything related to the GPS problem.

Does the people of Openmoko know the problem?
 - Yes.

Do they work on the problem?
 - Yes, they are actively searching for a solution.

What is the problem?
 - The Openmoko Freerunner have a long TTFF with the SD card in the phone.
So it takes a long time (10min+) before you get your first GPS data.

What is TTFF?
 - This is the time to first fix of the GPS. This is the time the GPS has
needed to get the first clue on where you are on planet earth. So you have
to do this only once. After you have a FF (first fix), you can get more
fixes without any problems with the SD card in the phone.

So if we have a first fix, the SD card isn't blocking the GPS anymore?
 - yes, the SD card isn't blocking the GPS if we have a first fix. (Some
people even claim it's more stable)

Does they have a solution?
 - yes. Their is already a highly alpha software workaround. The software
just disables the SD card when the GPS tries to get it's first fix They are
also examine a hardware solution.

Do we have to return our Freerunners to Openmoko?
 - Probably not, because the software workaround should work too.

But we can't read of the SD card when the GPS is on?
 - Wrong, you will be able to read the SD card when the GPS is on. You will
probably not be able to read the SD card when you're starting the GPS (appr.
30 sec), because the GPS will only block the SD card when it's searching
it's first fix. After that you will be able to read the SD card again.

Is their a better software solution?
 - Maybe. From reading the mailing list, I have understood that half the
Openmoko team is looking into this bug. All this information is only 1 à 2
days old and the bug is also young, so I suspect they can finetune the
software workaround and make it only slowdown the SD card or even better.

Did Openmoko test the GPS with a SD card in it?
 - yes

Whey didn't they find it while testing the Freerunner?
 - Because they have to do the tests with a fake GPS signal and with that
signal it worked. (In a fab you haven't a decent GPS signal) They already
have modified the test, so it correspond the GPS signal better.

Summary of the summary:
You will be able to use the SD card in the same time of the GPS except for
the first appr 30 seconds. (And that's the worst case, because maybe
Openmoko can find better hacks/fixes)

OpenMoko / Some Status On Openmoko
« on: July 04, 2008, 10:05:50 am »
Hi all,
I think I should write some lines about the status of the project from my observations. If I am wrong, please add...

1. Freerunners are now available in Europe and USA
2. There are several resellers in Europe and Asia
3. Most were already sold out after approx. 3 days
4. New shipments are announced between mid and end of July
5. There are two different versions of the Freerunner: 850/1800/1900 MHz (US) and 900/1800/1900 (Europe, Asia)
6. Software that is shipped is simple, but works. Allows to make and receive phone calls, address book, terminal
7. There are several projects working towards stable operating systems: ASU, FSO (someone should please explain for the average user and post some links)

-- hns

OpenMoko / Welcome
« on: June 24, 2008, 02:06:57 am »
Hi all,
since there was a lot of discussion why the Openmoko community does not use a forum, I have asked the moderators of OESF to create one for anyone who prefers to use a forum over subscribing to the mailing lists.

For those who directly come here and don't know details, let me introduce some key resources:

1. Wiki
Please, please refer to the Openmoko Wiki since there are tons of information available. If you find that it needs improvement, please do so. It is a Wiki.

2. Mailing lists
Many active mailing lists exist:
For the newcomer, the community discussion and announcement lists are most important to take a look at.

3. Openmoko Freerunner aka GTA02
No, I don't know yet when it will be exactly available for sale. But there is a Getting Started page which gives the best introduction:

4. Miscellaneous
- first to note for the newcomer: there is Openmoko, Inc., the company that develops the hardware. It is a subsidary of FIC.
Then, there is the open source Openmoko software stack which is a distribution derived from Angstrom (Open Zaurus). A "MokoMakefile" simplifies fetching all required components and building the complete flash images yourself.
- for MacOS X users, there is a dedicated page:
- many important things I forgot to mention.

So, please use the forum, write your questions, comments, answers etc.


I was offered recently a small and nice Linux PDA Phone. It has a 2.4 QVGA touchscreen, Quadband GSM, Bluetooth, Camera and runs Qtopia Phone Edition. Some experimentation has shown that it is possible to ftp/telnet into the device. And, it weights just 90g and is only approx. 2/3 of the size of the Neo 1973 although the display isn't much smaller. What do you think I should do?

-- hns

Edit: some photos are shown here:

Mac Issues / Zmacsync 2.4.0
« on: January 18, 2008, 08:41:23 am »
Hi all loyal Zaurus and Mac users,
it took some time to release a new version of ZMacSync due to much lower priority than in earlier days. But now, Version 2.4.0 is here. More Info.

We have added an interesting features that broadens the range where ZMacSync can be used: Multi-Device support.

Now, you can connect either more than one Zaurus or even different devices, e.g. a Zaurus and an OpenMoko to your Mac simultaneously. While you can control only one at a time, ZMacSync now has extended the Preferences so that you can register all devices and easily switch control by tabbing through the device icons. You can see the small icons of the currently non-active devices here
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Then, we have fixed a bug which may have caused spurious crashes for some of you when copying calendar entries from the Mac to the Zaurus. As in earlier releases you can request a sceen shot, copy/install files by drag&drop, open a Terminal+ssh session for the selected device etc. Finally, we are now confident that ZMacSync is Leopard-compatible.

Where will the future be? Well, we are still lacking real, full bidirectional sync between the Mac and the SharpROM PIM data (because of some limitations of the Zaurus data model compared to the Mac). This will most probably never be completed. But QuantumSTEP for the OpenMoko has made some recent progress, so that we may see a new solution that will provide all interesting features and be will be available for the Zaurus.

ZMacSync follows the "Reminderware" model - test it as long and as thoroughly as you want and if you think it has saved you enough time and money, you can purchase a key that removes the reminding message.

-- hns

General Discussion / Anyone Seen A Linux For Socket Somo 650?
« on: January 16, 2008, 02:06:22 pm »

Has CF, SD, Bluetooth, Barcode Scanner - but no keyboard. Display is only QVGA.

Would be a nice Linux PDA platform for industrial applications. So, has anyone already ported a Linux kernel or knows about such a port?

General Discussion / Openmoko Mailing Lists Down?
« on: August 08, 2007, 09:32:37 pm »
Did anybody receive mails from the OpenMoko mailing lists in the past 24 hours?

-- hns

Mac Issues / Openmoko Flasher
« on: August 06, 2007, 10:58:24 pm »
With a new tool 'OpenMoko Flasher' and an update of AJZaurusUSB it appears now to be possible to flash and communicate between a Mac and an OpenMoko through the USB cable.

A description is at:

Please let us know your experiences.

Now comes the next level to climb to... syncing...

-- hns

Mac Issues / Ajzaurususb Patch For Openmoko
« on: August 01, 2007, 09:12:31 pm »
not yet completely tested since the OpenMoko must be flashed first with a new rootfs - and the tools are not yet available for MacOS X.

But it is clear that AJZaurusUSB up to 0.5.1 will need this patch to know the OpenMoko device
Code: [Select]
Before rebooting (!) add this to /System/Library/Extensions/AJZaurusUSB.kext/Contents/Info.plist


-- hns

Mac Issues / Zmacsync 2.1.2 "zaurus Remote Control Center"
« on: July 27, 2007, 02:54:25 am »
Dear all,

it took much longer to find a critical issue in ZMacSync and it is solved in this new release:

The solved issue is when you add a Task to iCal which has an alarm. ZMacSync did try to handle that in the same way as for an Event - and the Zaurus does not accept alarms in the Tasks list. This resulted in nvalid data being sent to the Zaurus. For a still unknown reason this did not clean up the connection properly and ZMacSync did hang.

And, there are new features. The most prominent is that you now can drag&drop files (images, ipk packages etc.) to ZMacSync and they will be copied to reasonable locations on the Zaurus.

Here is the list of new features (sorry, still no full bidirectional sync yet):

* fixed a bug when syncing tasks with alarm
* added a File Copy/Send/Install Button to transfer file(s) to the Zaurus
* either opens an Open Panel or accepts Drag&Drop (multiple files)
* added support to recognize the Letux n30 for Terminal and File Copy (not for syncing)

-- hns

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Subforums: 5x00 General discussions, 5x00 Hardware, Cxx0 General discussions, Cxx0 Hardware, 6000 General discussions, 6000 Hardware, C1000/3x00 General discussions, C1000/3x00 Hardware, SIMpad forum, Archos forum, iPAQ Forum, Nokia Tablet, Neo 1973

Everything Development

Subforums: User Request for Applications, OpenZaurus/Opie/Qtopia, Qt/Qtopia, Personal Java/Jeode/J2ME Personal Profile, Linux Applications, X/Qt, Python, Open Embedded, OpenMoko

OpenBSD / Is Openbsd Using Hardfloat Or Softfloat?
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:34:43 am »
I am thinking about replacing SharpROM by OpenBSD as the basis for QuantumSTEP and wonder whether it uses (slow) hardfloat or softfloat since I have some float-intensive parts. And, is it already using EABI?

Any hints (I couldn't find any on the OpenBSD pages)?

-- hns

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