[Gta04-owner] Which distri

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Fri Sep 25 10:10:23 CEST 2015

Am 21.09.2015 um 20:50 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:

> Hi,
> Am 21.09.2015 um 20:29 schrieb Christ van Willegen <cvwillegen at gmail.com>:
>> Hi Gerhard,
>> On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 7:02 PM, Gerhard Rieger
>> <freerunner at dest-unreach.org> wrote:
>>> I have not used my OpenMoko gta04 for a long time. Now I want to
>>> reactivate it, mainly for purposes of navigation and script based
>>> tracking (GPS, air pressure, ...) during hiking.
>>> Which distribution do you recommend, QtMoko, Replicant, …?
> there isn’t much choice beyond that.

I should also bring back to attention that we provide a mailing list to port
Ubuntu Touch:


Unfortunately most projects are one-person-shows (like >90% of all
open source projects - I did read a statistics somewhere recently).

This results in very slow progress.

> With the recent 4.2 kernel
> we now again can run X1 based Debian with whatever packages
> you install and configure for it… LXDE, XFCE, even Gnome, KDE
> is possible, but maybe difficult to operate. There isn’t much
> special config for mobile and touchscreen operation :) Of course
> you should have a bigger µSD card.
>> Well, that's quite a choice...
>> Since I don't know if Replicant supports the air pressure sensor, I'm
>> not sure if that distro can do what you want.
>> On the other hand, QtMoko development has stopped, so any problems
>> found in there won’t get fixed!
> We would be happy to support development of QtMoko as well and
> even have a project template: http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-qtmoko/
> but I tried to compile it from source but failed. So if someone is looking
> for a nice volunteer project…
> What we need is fixing the sources/trees/instructions/whatever to make
> it compile again. Either in a qemu image (e.g. http://download.goldelico.com/gta04-debian-lxde/qemu-wheezy-vexpress/ )
> or by separating into self-contained source packages that can be compiled
> on a GTA04 with Debian installed.
> IMHO the main problem is that it does not use standard Qt which can be
> installed from Debian repositories, but needs to (cross)-compile some older
> fork first. If someone could provide pre-built dev-packages of that it would
> also simplify development significantly…
>> If Replicant supports the air pressure sensor, go for that one! And
>> please, sponsor Replicant development via Golden Delicious!
>> HTH!
>> Christ van Willegen
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> BR,
> Nikolaus
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