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26 Jun 2010
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
27 Sep 2009
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
24 Oct 2008
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
16 Jul 2008
http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/commun...uly/022180.html 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)
4 Jul 2008
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
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