[Gta04-owner] QtMoko v43

Radek Polak psonek2 at seznam.cz
Mon Apr 2 15:48:58 CEST 2012

QtMoko v43 is now ready for download[1] and awaits your testing.

Changes from previous version:

  * speex echo cancellation
  * higher volumes for gsmearpiece state
  * voice routing now correctly handles SIGTERM/SIGINT
  * temporary logging goes to ramdisk
  * fixed mac address of usb0 to make network-manager happy
  * if modem uart stops working, restart QtMoko
  * using udev again for fixed modem uart device node
  * bluetooth now works out of the box
  * using .asoundrc for A2DP configuration
  * move away .asoundrc before starting voice routing program
  * added evopedia application (Mossroy)
  * shutdown dialog has option to show bootmenu
  * fixed and cleaned up battery and ac on gta04

The most important change is speex echo cancellation. You can now finally make 
phone calls with good sound volume without being annoying for the other side 
with echo.

I am now using GTA04 as my only phone for months. This was the most annoying 
problem and i think GTA04 is now quite usable phone. In some aspects GTA04 is 
now even better Freerunner - e.g. when you answer call you can immediately 
start speaking and you immediately hear the other side.

As for other changes - temporary logging now mounts tmpfs (ramdisk) to 
/var/log so that it does not wear off your NAND/SD card. Permanent logging is 
not affected and goes to disk.

USB networking MAC address is now fixed - so that you can configure it with 
network manager.

It seems there is still problem with modem USB enumeration. It's very rare 
with 3G disabled. I had it once in two weeks. I have now added ugly patch [2] 
for this release that restarts QtMoko when this happens.

Since this release bluetooth is working out of the box. But please make sure 
you permanently set the speed to 3000000 as described here [3]. Otherwise the 
phone might not boot (not tested).

You should be now able to use A2DP bluetooth headset and it should no more 
screw voice in gsm calls.

You can also select/deselect bootmenu from shutdown dialog. By default the 
bootmenu is disabled.

You can also now start using suspend intervals for battery/ac. The code for 
detecting charger is cleaned up and working.

You can also try to check if the problem with forgetting time works when you 
remove /opt/qtmoko/bin/atd.

Btw here is current QtMoko status on GTA04:

DateTime/Alarm - not finished
X11 support - works
Battery - works
SMS - works
Phone calls - work, ussd messages need fix encoding, modem usb reenumerates 
GPRS - gui missing, from cmdline should work
GPS - works (both in NeronGPS and Navit)
Bluetooth - works, gsm headset not tested yet
Wifi - works
USB networking - works
Email - works
Multimedia - qmplayer can play mp3/fullscreen videos
Translations - 9 languages

Last good news - we have now evopedia ported to qtmoko[4] thanks to Mossroy. 
It's nice offline wikipedia reader, you should try it.



[1] http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtmoko/files/GTA04/
[3] http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-kernel/page/Wireless/
[4] http://qtmoko.sourceforge.net/apps/qtmoko-evopedia.html

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