[Gta04-owner] Experimental userspace with web UI, connman, dasher etc.
neil at ossau.homelinux.net
Fri May 9 01:46:17 CEST 2014
For me the great thing about the GTA04 is how I can experiment with it.
It's wonderful that we have QtMoko and Replicant, but it's also fun to
try creating a system from scratch. I'm particularly interested in a
- A userspace that is more like standard GNU/Linux than QtMoko or
Replicant; for example by using Xorg for display, and more generally
by reusing useful components where they already exist instead of
reinventing lots (e.g. oFono, offlineimap).
- Trying out some particular stuff that I think is still newish on
phones, e.g. Connman and Dasher.
- Exploring what are the quickest and nicest application development
methods for the GTA04, for the cases where something new needs to be
I've been _very_ slowly working on this and have just recorded and
posted a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-b8kAdtHko. Apologies
in advance that the audio quality is so appalling!
Some technical points...
- You can't tell from the video, but the Dasher input is controlled by
tilting the GTA04 up and down. In my view this works quite nicely,
and I think will be faster with practice than using an onscreen
- My Connman setup currently just handles Wifi; I hope to expand that to
cover mobile data, bluetooth and USB connections.
browser, with two phone-hosted web servers: lighttpd for static
content and my own Guile Scheme code for dynamic content. The next
piece of infrastructure I need here is server-side WebSockets so that
the server can signal updates without the web page having to poll.
- I use "xautolock" with a custom script to auto-suspend the phone when
it's idle for a while.
I wanted to post all this because I'm aware that the mailing list has
been quite quiet recently, and also that I've tried but mostly failed to
help with any kernel work - so this is me saying that I am still slowly
experimenting with my GTA04, and presenting that in case it's of
interest to others. Please do let me know if you have any comments.
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