[Community] The future of QtMoko

Michael Spreng handheld-linux at m.spreng.ch
Tue Sep 23 20:23:00 CEST 2014


Good to see activity on easily building QtMoko. A few months ago I
posted to another list because I wanted to charge my GTA04 on my
bycicle. I failed at the step of compiling a kernel with linear charging
mode due to time (not finding sources of the kernel used for the latest
QtMoko version). So getting the hurdle down for changing something in
the OS should help to get more contributions. Hopefully.

In short: if I get to a usable OS (lxde did work with linear charging
mode but did otherwise consume too much energy) with linear charging
mode, I'll donate 100€ :)


On 23/09/14 19:19, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Hi,
> since I know that there are many QtMoko lovers out there who wait for
> new versions or new hardware that is supported, I have set up our own
> build system to compile QtMoko v58 and create GTA04-single-partition
> SD card images that might work with the newer DT based kernels we
> are working on.
> Here is the first result (installer for a 3.17-DT based GTA04 kernel and the
> last official rootfs):
> 	http://download.goldelico.com/gta04/qtmoko/
> 		makesd + unstable.tbz
> It boots well an the touch is working. But of course many /sys nodes
> have changed so that there is neither WLAN, Bluetooth or WWAN.
> And no battery charging, sensors etc. But GPS appears to do something.
> This raises some questions, especially as it appears that QtMoko isn’t
> developed any more. At least there have been no commits in the last
> 9 months.
> The first practical question is how to easily run the compile/test/fix cycle.
> It took several days on my setup (build within qemu-system-arm -M vexpress-a9)
> to build the qtmoko-gta04.deb, but finally it failed.
> The next step, building a new rootfs and install and boot is much faster but
> still slow.
> Q1: Is there a simple method to get the development cycle down to some minutes
> or even sub-minute?
> Q2: The next question is how to adapt QtMoko to newer kernels since I assume
> that there are some dependencies - at least in the /sys file names.
> Q3: Another question comes from the idea that QtMoko should not only run on
> the GTA02/04 devices but others as well. At least Letux 3704 and Letux7004,
> but OpenPandora, Pyra and Neo900 are also nice candidates. Interested?
> Q4: This raises a follow-up question: does QtMoko (and the apps) adapt automatically
> to different screen sizes (or orientations like Neo900)?
> Q5: Apropos GTA04: we could make QtMoko the standard install of the GTA04A5
> production image - retiring the primitive LXDE… Interested?
> Q6: The next question goes @Radek (I hope he still reads here): do you plan to
> continue this work, i.e. accept patches? Or should we start and maintain a fork?
> Q7: Finally, who is interested in developing and contributing towards making QtMoko
> the most simple but greatest Telephony-GUI and helps to push the packages to
> the mainline Debian?
> Q8: should we base future development on donations like the kernel and Replicant?
> If we find enough donations we could even pay someone for working continuously
> on it.
> A9: Other thoughs?
> BR,
> Nikolaus
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