[Gta04-owner] [Tinkerphones] Status GTA04 Hardware & Software

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Sat Apr 15 15:18:55 CEST 2017


Hi Andreas,

> Am 14.04.2017 um 23:54 schrieb Andreas Kemnade <andreas at kemnade.info>:
> 
> On Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:18:13 +0200
> "H. Nikolaus Schaller" <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hi,
>> let me give a short status update:
>> 
> [...]
>> 
>> * NAND image: is Debian 8.7 (Jessie) + LXDE. This is
>> more a demo and hardware test than a useable device
>> GUI. It is neither finger compatible nor does it have
>> many functions. Running GPS-Demo, Camera-Demo and
>> SimpleGSM-HUI seems to be not reliable and after
>> booting a nasty "PID not found" message pops up.
>> The last one is related to LXDE. I even tried with
>> an experimental Stretch system but the error remains.
>> Maybe, some LXDE component is misconfigured.
>> 
> Last image I looked at:
> HOME is not properly set due to the way X is started.
> maybe simply use nodm package and not use startx directly from inittab.

nodm has been added recently [1] but I didn't notice that it makes
any difference.

> 
> HOME not set gives a mess and some programs will certainly misbehave.
> simple-gsmgui expects the rfkill block/unblock be done externally.
> Maybe simply adding these as desktop icons, too?

Ah, good idea. Didn't know.

> There were two .desktop files. One from the deb package and one
> added by you.

Those should be symlinks [2] so that they appear as an icon on the
desktop and not only in the menu.

> It should be started via start-gsmgui.sh (what is done like that
> in the .desktop file in the .deb package)
> 
> BTW: AFAICR installing e17 / illume was just a matter of
> apt-get install e17. That has a more touchscreen-friendly surface.

Interesting idea. I didn't know that it still exists. Isn't mentioned
often.

I would like to read reports how well it works on the GTA04. If it
does well, we can add another option for makesd to create a rootfs
configured for e17.

BR,
Nikolaus

[1]: http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-rootfs.git;a=commit;h=07e54dde1b242a41bdf1b07d5465911fbd00f8d1
[2]: http://git.goldelico.com/?p=gta04-rootfs.git;a=commit;h=e0d9c109f41ddbf59aec06fd62c5d7e9cf9bc61e

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