[Tinkerphones] Happy New Year + Report

Matthias Weiß info at codeandcreate.de
Tue Jan 1 14:20:53 CET 2019


Hey!

Happy new year for you, too!
Very nice news update!!! I’m really looking forward to the PyraPhone - donated! :) 
A little feature request:  could you plan to make a case similar to the OpenMoko Freerunner? 
i really like the robust design and the „handle“ x)


> Am 01.01.2019 um 13:49 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:
> 
> Dear all,
> first of all let me wich everyone a happy new year and say thank you that you are still
> subscribed to this list.
> 
> There haven't been many news in 2018, but there have been activites behind the scenes
> that layed the foundation for plans for 2019 which you might find interesting.
> 
> So let me start with the LetuxOS.
> 
> LetuxOS is constantly developing, mainly in the kernel which has reached letux-4.20 release.
> And we are likely get 4.21-rc1 next week.
> 
> A lot of work has been done last year, mainly by Andreas Kemndade, to upstream more
> parts of our private feature branches, so that even a mainline kernel does useful things
> on the GTA04. Well, it is missing some of the polishing done by our LetuxOS additions,
> but generally having the core upstream helps everyone.
> 
> The kernel now supports these hardware:
> * L2804/GTA04 (A3,A4,A5)
> * L3704
> * L7004
> * BeagleBoard
> * BeagleBoard XM
> * OpenPandora
> * BeagleBone
> * PocketBeagle
> * Pandaboard
> * omap5evm
> * Udoo neo
> * Pyra
> 
> Quite impressive list, but there are plans to expand it even further...
> 
> One really new thing is to support the Raspi B3+ where we already have a demo
> image. It does not yet use the LetuxOS kernel, but progress has been made towards
> finding a working defconfig. So it will come sooner than later.
> 
> Just try
> 
> 	makesd raspi3b+ -r xfce
> 
> The rootfs are several flavours of Debian so that we particicpate from upstream.
> We now have rootfs images for Wheezy, Jessie and Stretch and the latest Buster.
> 
> For systems with boot-loader in NAND try:
> 
> 	makesd debian -r http://download.goldelico.com/letux-debian-rootfs/20181225-buster-10.sid-armhf-minimal.tbz <http://download.goldelico.com/letux-debian-rootfs/20181225-buster-10.sid-armhf-minimal.tbz>
> 
> For systems needing boot-loader on SD card e.g. Udoo neo:
> 
> 	makesd udoo-neo -r http://download.goldelico.com/letux-debian-rootfs/20181225-buster-10.sid-armhf-minimal.tbz <http://download.goldelico.com/letux-debian-rootfs/20181225-buster-10.sid-armhf-minimal.tbz>
> 
> For GUI we now have:
> * lxde
> * xfce
> * mate
> * illume
> * qtmoko
> * replicant
> * quantumstep
> 
> All these things can be easily (well almost) combined through makesd.
> 
> And thanks to Mark Müller we start to support Phosh (Purism Phone’s shell). The
> interesting thing with LetuxOS will be that it can basically run on all hardware
> mentioned above. But there are missing pieces in config, so that work isn't done
> and will not end and speed is awfully low (comapred to QtMoko and Replicant)...
> 
> Regarding OpenPandora there have been several users trying it:
> 
> 	https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/threads/letux-os.81518/page-3#post-1446367 <https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/threads/letux-os.81518/page-3#post-1446367>
> 
> The command to make an xfce image is:
> 
> 	makesd openpandora -r xfce
> 
> This is a lot of news from the software side, but what is going on with hardware?
> 
> I am currently working in my limited spare time on a project which is called GTA15/PyraPhone.
> 
> It is just taking the Pyra hardware design, removing the keyboard and nub and the display
> hinge and cable, changing the battery, adding some phone features (earpiece) and Kill-Switches,
> but keeping everything else and make a new PCB layout in a smartphone portrait format.
> 
> Features will therefore be:
> * 5 inch resistive touch display with 720x1280
> * µHDMI out
> * ca. 2000-6000 mAh battery
> * 2 external µSD slots + one internal
> * 2G/3G/4G + GPS/GLONASS
> * 2 USB2 host ports (full size - one prepared for USB3)
> * µUSB3-OTG port
> * charger&FTDI console through µUSB2 port
> * 3.5mm headset jack with auto-polarity detection and remote keypad option
> * WLAN/BT (maybe with a RedPine module because it does not need a BLOB but has to be checked)
> * independent hardware Kill-switches for WWAN, WLAN, BT, Microphone, Sensors, and more
> * Processor board from Pyra, i.e. currently OMAP5 with 2/4GB RAM, eMMC - but maybe a compatible i.MX8M board can be developed
> * expansion connector (compatible to GTA04A5) for hackers to develop extensions
> 
> Before you start to think that this project is vapourware like many others with similar goals
> but nicer marketing (web pages, public relations, political goals), I have attached some documents.
> The first one is a prototype without any electrical function, but shows the concept. The second
> is the current draft status of (improved but still not perfect and finished) component placement.
> 
> When will it be finished? I have to admit that I don't know. The mechanical demonstrator
> was already built in Feb 2017 and only now I have continued to work on the PCB design,
> because I have to run this as a hobby project now. Financing such projects in a way that
> they get tangible results has become more and more difficult.
> 
> Anyways, if you are interested in helping to speed up the GTA15 development, there is a way:
> 
> 	http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=Product&product=9601 <http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=Product&product=9601>
> 
> And if there is really enough interest in a finished product, we can organise to build some
> units - after the design is finished. If you are, please also spread the word that this
> project exists.
> 
> BR and again a happy new tinkering year,
> Nikolaus
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Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Matthias Weiß



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