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Old 07-17-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
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development: maemo? Alone? Familiar?

having X11+matchbox, how should we focus the porting of applications? To follow the maemo scent, aiming even for binary compatibility? To hang on the GPE roadmap? Or simply wait and see?
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Old 07-17-2006, 02:02 PM   #2
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I see no real use in porting all the software for {qtopia|opie|gpe|qpe|familar|my grandmother}.

Playing with the device, I'd say that every minimally interactive application will be a pain in the ass on the iliad. Simply typing in username + password was no fun at all.

The iliad is great at displaying mostly static content, and we'll need clever applications for that.


However, I'm sure people will port applications, it will be a bad experience with ultra-slow screen updates, and another situation where linux-newbies get to see the worst a linux can perform, as usual.
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Old 07-17-2006, 02:15 PM   #3
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Actually you get the hang of typing stuff and not seeing what you typed. Thats not so bad. Even draging windows across the screen is fun And i think attaching a usb keyboard and then typing with updates every few seconds could be nice.

So i would still like to see some pda functionality. Mainly calendar, maybe addressbook.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:27 PM   #4
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calender would be cool...you don't need a fast display for that...
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:29 PM   #5
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I opt for the meomo scent...although I am no expert at all.
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Old 07-17-2006, 05:03 PM   #6
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A sequential image viewer would be good. (particularly one that can cope with the images in a cbr or cbz format)
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I've just (well since I left work) received the tracking number.

It's in the vicinity of Onceways' device and still in Germany...

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Old 07-18-2006, 01:02 PM   #9
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I see no real use in porting all the software for {qtopia|opie|gpe|qpe|familar|my grandmother}.

Playing with the device, I'd say that every minimally interactive application will be a pain in the ass on the iliad. Simply typing in username + password was no fun at all.

The iliad is great at displaying mostly static content, and we'll need clever applications for that.


However, I'm sure people will port applications, it will be a bad experience with ultra-slow screen updates, and another situation where linux-newbies get to see the worst a linux can perform, as usual.

Perhaps we should first to keep an eye in the wishlist, see what we can port, and what needs to be done.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:14 PM   #10
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Perhaps we should first to keep an eye in the wishlist, see what we can port, and what needs to be done.

Yup, there is more than enough to do

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Old 07-18-2006, 03:10 PM   #11
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Sorry for the frustration, but I've seen this before. I have a Zaurus, and initially it was fun to port all kinds of software to it.

In the end, all the efforts turned the thing into a bad subnotebook and not a good pda, at the cost of a cheap real subnotebook. It's somewhat cool to run freeciv on it, but that doesn't help at all when there's no real calendar and my laptop runs freeciv just so much better.

I would like to see the Iliad becoming the device for reading -- which means blazingly fast rendering times and low energy consumption.

However, the disappointing truth is that the software on the Iliad is just a cheap collection of desktop software ports. You can easily port freeciv. But I cannot imagine that powersaving will ever really work. And the pdf renderer is just xpdf (which uses a lot of fpu operations, right?).


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Old 07-18-2006, 03:19 PM   #12
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Sorry for the frustration, but I've seen this before. I have a Zaurus, and initially it was fun to port all kinds of software to it.
Yep, we need something more creative than simple porting. For instance the high view angle of eink, plus wireless ability, should let for multiplayer games more interesting than crimson or freeciv.

Our funnier work in the Zaurus was a mouse interface. We captured a light with the camera and translated its moves to mouse moves, which in turn we sent via USB to the host computer. So yes, creative work is more satisfying in the long run.
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And the pdf renderer is just xpdf (which uses a lot of fpu operations, right?).
Hmm sure? There is not a fixed point mode (just guessing)?
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which part of power saving shouldn't work, in your opinion?

Clocking down the processor, check, making the whole thingie hibernate, check. Both i can even do on my notebook running linux. Anything else? Ok, switching wlan off. Here i trust in iRex.

And concerning the pdf renderer: what's easier to do: write your own alternative pdf viewer for a running linux with an X server or do everything from scratch on a new device with strange new custom-built OS which most probably would never receive a proper SDK?
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what's easier to do: write your own alternative pdf viewer for a running linux with an X server or do everything from scratch on a new device with strange new custom-built OS which most probably would never receive a proper SDK?
Not easy to answer. Nobody has done a more decent xpdf for decades.
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