[Gta04-owner] Beta Tester's Report on SHR

Martin Jansa martin.jansa at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 10:49:29 CET 2012

On Thu, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:50:44AM +0100, Sven Dyroff wrote:
> Hello,
> I couldn't resist to try out SHR, now. I used the version whose link has 
> been posted in this list some days ago.

and that was?

There are newer versions too:

> Starting the phone
> After booting the first time - which took very very long time - SHR asked 
> lots of questions where it wanted to have text being entered. But where on 
> earth can I get the keyboard displayed for that? I couldn't find one, so I 
> skipped these questions. The text "next" appeared at the bottom of the 
> screen, in most cases messed up with other screen content, but at least it 
> worked.

That's fixed in newer images see that wiki page.

> Booting for the second time was very fast, but I didn't get the home 
> screen with all the icons. There where only some few icons at the top of 
> the screen. I tried them out and somehow I got the icons back in the end. 
> But not as expected with the house-icon which I expected to be "home", but 
> with another that seems to be able to split the screen for some unknown 
> reason. After touching this icon again and again I got the right screen. 
> And besides I found the keyboard icon, but I couldn't remember if this has 
> And what was astonishing: Althoug I removed the battery before the phone 
> presented the right date and time! With QtMoko after having the battery 
> removed for some time I always have to enter time and date again.
> So my astonished questions are: How did SHR managed to get the RTC 
> supplied without battery? Any why doen't QtMoko manage this?
> Calls
> Neither could I make calls nor could I receive calls. That was exactly the 
> behaviour I expected, because up to this time SHR never had asked me for 
> my PIN. But where on earth shall I enter it??
> Terminal session
> Please explain me how I manage that this stubborn keyboard does what I 
> want? I even wasn't able to enter simplest commands like "ls" or "pwd" 
> because the keyboard did everything, but not giving me some simple 
> letters!

There is button on right side of keyboard to switch keyboard type,
"Terminal" type works best in terminal :).
> I only see a blank screen with some zeroes at the bottom and a 2000km 
> measuring stick above. Even after minutes with an external antenna this 
> doesn't change. Is there an easy way to find out if the GPS module of my 
> GTA04 is functioning at all? Remember: QtMoko also didn't give me any GPS 
> coordinates.

What app did you use?

> Internet
> Of course without PIN no connection. But nice to find one more browser 
> from which I never heared before: "eve". Is it a way to become famous to 
> create one's own browser? Is Firefox so much terrible?

SHR is using mostly EFL so using eve is more consistent with rest of UI,
firefox is available in feed.
> Mumpty Physics
> Very funny, indeed. But what is this?
> Power management
> No reaction by the battery icon when connecting USB to a power supplying 
> device. "Settings" / "Power" first says "Loading 4 modules" like many SHR 
> settings want to load several modules each time you call them, but then I 
> only get "Charge: N/A%", "Power info: N/A" and "Status: N/A". How do I 
> manage to load the battery with SHR?
> Settings
> Extremely much stuff for a beginner. I resign and ruefully return to 
> QtMoko. But up to the next version of QtMoko coming, I'll dream that this 
> upcoming version also will be able to supply the RTC while the battery has 
> been removed like SHR does...
> Ethernet Gadget
> I admit it would have been too easy if the IP would have been the same 
> like QtMoko has:! But what is the right IP? Without a 
> working keyboard on a phone's terminal session no chance to enter 
> "ifconfig" in order to inspect it by myself, and I didn't want to open the 
> case in order to connect a serial cable. At least not yet. For the moment 
> I still avoid to become too much freaky, because my goal is to be able to 
> present this phone also to friends that do not much understand from 
> computing.

bold text on http://www.shr-project.org/trac/wiki says:
Beware, if you use new SHR (SHR-CORE) images that IP adresses for USB
networking changed: Phone: Host:
> Shutting down the phone
> I press the power button, select "Shutdown", even approve with "Yes" and 
> get the goodbye message: "Please wait: booting...". Then the phone 
> switches off. Oh yes, I really want to return to QtMoko, happily!!
> And I cannot spare you what I nastily thought at this moment: Yes, it was 
> Micro$oft where I had to click "Start" in order to shutdown an OS. Same 
> thing, just reversed. That was before I switched to Ubuntu...

I don't have GTA04 to respond on other questions..

Martin 'JaMa' Jansa     jabber: Martin.Jansa at gmail.com
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