Archive for September, 2010


Meego everywhere =)

See this post

PS: yep that’s a short entry =P

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Firefox-Qt update =)

Hi!

So today I’ve got an update about firefox-qt for you ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally had the time and energy to fix those ArchLinux PKGBUILDs I had lying around on my disk…

We’ve now got one single pkgbuild to install using yaourt -S firefox-qt-hg
No need to uninstall firefox/xulrunner anymore.

The only thing I would recommend you to do is:

BACKUP YOUR PROFILE!!

or even better: change the path to your profile (in /home/$user/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini change the path and create the folder before starting firefox-qt-hg

I’ve written down a summary of what is working here. Feel free to extend it ๐Ÿ™‚ We could create a nice changelog imho and track the progress of Firefox-Qt for users ๐Ÿ™‚

So as you can see the Firefox-Qt port is progressing quite nicely – even if there is still a long road to go – I think the mobile effort helps the Qt port a lot.. (firefox-mobile for Meego is Qt based) ๐Ÿ™‚

Now have fun enjoying these pics ๐Ÿ™‚

Sygic Mobile Maps 10 on N900

Hi!

Today I’ve got a short review of Mobile Maps 10 on Maemo for you.

These are my experiences with the latest App Version of 8.1.1

Pros:

  • navigation seems to work good
  • interface is pretty snappy and logical

Cons:

  • sometimes very crashy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (although this got a lot better after upgrading from 8.1.0 to 8.1.1) – PLEASE fix those crashes…
  • clicking POI isn’t possible when navigating (and showing the steps of the route)
  • there doesn’t seem to be a “walk” mode ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • exit button is on the second page of the menu – bit annoying when trying to exit
  • no traffic information in Austria
  • as soon as the maps are open it is impossible to use any other app which needs a keyboard as Mobile Maps catches the keyboard focus ๐Ÿ˜ฆ – so no texting/email writing/… while navigating…
  • pretty expensive… 69,99โ‚ฌ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Overall it still looks like a good navigation software…ย  hopefully my opinion will stay that way as I keep on using the software ๐Ÿ™‚ those are experiences from ~2 days…

Wayland, Meego and DBUS

Again some really exciting news imho:

  • Wayland may first come to Meego and replace X.org which imho should result in a cleaner stack and maybe fewer dependencies/bloat ๐Ÿ™‚ *me looks forward to Qt on Wayland*
  • D-Bus kernel implementation resulting in massive speedups in some areas ๐Ÿ™‚ and all this demoed on Maemo – so I see the possibility to this getting into Meego too? ๐Ÿ™‚

Meego keeps getting more exciting ๐Ÿ™‚
Edit: of course there’s also systemd which is also being looked at integration into Meego ๐Ÿ™‚

Cya next time

A short news from Nokia World..

Well lets hope their code is portable…

I’m just not sure now if I should buy Sygic Mobile Maps 10 or wait until Ovi maps is ready… which might never happen… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What this does mean though is that Ovi Maps will come to Meego – which is good news imho – at least that sounds like Ovi maps will be available on the open source version of Meego – not only the Harmattan release and future Nokia products…

Hi!

Just a short status update on some infos/vids/… that I recently found on the web:

  • There’s a possibility ofย  a PR 1.3 for Maemo (see: maemo forum)
  • Ovi Maps 3.06 Beta has been released and features some nice things – but it still does not support the N900 -.-
  • Meego seems to be progressing quite nicely – at least it seems to work MUCH better than the snapshots I tried two or three weeks ago: see this vid (chinese sound)
  • the Nokia N8 and the E7 look REALLY good – even if they are Symbian – but Symbian ^3 is already a BIG step forward in comparison to Symbian ^1 as shipped with the Nokia 5800 – and it of course features all those nice things which other platforms (maemo) are still lacking – like full PC Suite support, …

That’s about it from the technical side… Beside of that there were some interesting private developments but those are to be asked in private ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cya next time

PS: I’m really proud of myself – never before kept blogging that long in a row ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinjam revival and CMake magic

Beside of sex, love and rock’n’ roll there are also other things going on… ๐Ÿ™‚ (yeah I know those things are laaame in comparison ^^)

Dinjam is going to get a revival as a mobile app for maemo or meego (have I mentioned that before?). I’m planning to do that using a library and mulitple frontends.

One of the frontends planned is a Qml frontend using Qt Quick Components. Another one is a native libmeegotouch UI. And of course the already existing frontend using traditional QWidgets.

Currently everything is in a broken state – and can be found in my mobileui branch on gitorious.

The current status is that CMake migration is in the progress… the library is already created but I’m not sure yet if I need some export macros? or how I should handle include paths… I also need to figure out what has to be cleaned up from the desktop (widget based) ui into the library and how I can strip down those components…

Next will be that I’ve gotta figure out how I can use the QGraphicsView in Qml OR how I can paint from within QtScript onto the Qml Scene… I would like to be able to animate the View (roll it to the side like a paper or something like that …)

So if anyone has got any idea on how to do this I would really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe you are asking yourself what has kept me busy and why it took so long for those small looking steps… well life… and cmake… this grandious build system had something against my complex folder structure… yeah… until I found out how to use it the right way(tm)…. did you know that CMake had an include statement? using it you can include other CMakeLists and therefore you can set variables in a subdir and still use this variable in the topdir where you included the list… who needs add_subdirectory if you can use include? ๐Ÿ˜› cool thing… ๐Ÿ™‚

I found that solution through the help of a german qt forum ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks. so for all my german readers (are there any? oO): here you can find the thread.

Cu next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi!

Today I’ve got something different for you… a short anecdote of my life ๐Ÿ™‚

Soo… today a veeeery long lasting crush… or the love of my life… at least it felt like that… ended… well something can’t end without being started… everything started over one year ago… sadly I was too blind to see that she didn’t felt the same… or I was just too dumb not wanting to realize it, ignoring all the signs… blind of love… well… today everything ended… and I had felt that it had to end either way for a looooong time… because I knew that I couldn’t live on like that… well I didn’t get the girl… obviously ๐Ÿ˜› but I think we are still best friends ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s all I can ask for and I really hope that it will stay that way ๐Ÿ™‚ as long as she’s happy I’m too.. ^^

I’d like to end this post with one picture representing a very small part of my memories about her…

Wish me luck for a looooong lasting friendship like we had it before I ruined everything… ๐Ÿ˜›

When the decision to buy a new phone has been made the first question many of us are asking themselves is: what do I want (at least I hope many do ^^)

The choices are wide-spread, hard to overlook but still there are some aspects which should be taken into consideration. Of course the following ultra-short reviews are just MY opinion and are by far not complete – mentioning all aspects would be just impossible…

Meego

Nokias and Intels new platform merges the hardly spread Maemo platform (used on earlier Nokia tablets and the N900 supercomputer.. eh mobile phone) and the Intel Moblin distro for Netbooks. It’s base is fully open source, everything is build upstream – as far as possible, communication happens in the open (mailinglists, …) and it is still under very active development. but it is not ready yet.. Nokias next high end phone will be powered by the meego touch libs and therefore be a Meego SOMEHOW but not really… its base platform will still be a modified Fremantle – called Harmatan… so you aren’t getting a true Meego phone with the next released Nokia phone..

I also doubt that the first generation of Meego will be able to incorporate all the features Maemo currently has AND provide even more to keep up with the competition. Well if it has Ovi maps it’s mine ๐Ÿ˜› Really missing a fully featured ovi maps on my N900 running Maemo so I hope that once we are able to run a fully working Meego on N900 that it will not only be the free parts but also those with Nokias proprietary extras (maps, …)

For those not having seen anything of Meego yet those can read these guidelines: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/09/03/meego-ui-screenshots/

Here is a post discussing a removed video by Nokia speculated to show the Harmattan/Meego Nokia phone: http://thenokiablog.com/2010/08/02/meego-video-closer-look/
Update: here’s the vid ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/02/nokias-treatment-of-meego-smartphone-ui-revealed/

At the moment everything we can do is waiting for an awesome platform with a bright future imho with my favourite platform underlying.. Qt โค

Symbian

The widest spread operating system for phones to date… currently it rapidly loosed market shares because there were some design desicions taken which were not the best – or Nokia just took too long to come up to par with the competition or succeed them – even if it has some strong points where all the others can’t compete (synchronisation, business features, …).

But I think that the future will show us that Symbian has also a bright future as with Symbian ^4 it will receive a completely reworked/redesigned UI and with the power and uncountable hours of work which have gone into the underlying libraries I think that could very well be a very big step into the right direction. And again: we are getting a Qt UI ๐Ÿ™‚ although it’s not libmeegotouch but another one: Orbit – sadly they are not compatible…

With Symbian ^3 Nokia already made big step into the right direction (Nokia N8) and I think that will continue with Symbian ^4. We’ve gotta wait ๐Ÿ™‚

One important point also worth mentioning and really needed for Symbian and Meego to succeed is the AppStore… Ovi Store to be precise. This needs to be vastly improved imho…

Some early Symbian ^4 videos (sorry it’s german): http://www.chip.de/news/Symbian-4-Screenshots-vom-neuen-Handy-OS_43895242.html

Android

Frankenstein.. ehm… well.. at least it looks like that to me from a technical POV ๐Ÿ˜€ java based all over, a modified Linux kernel, a pretty closed stack… the opposite to Meego… but apparently it is well received by non-geeks ๐Ÿ˜› its market shares are RAPIDLY increasing taking away Apple its market share… so far so good ๐Ÿ˜€

well.. if it works.. why not… it will never be my favourite platform in terms of programming or openness… but well.. it’s a phone… it needs to work… and look cool ^^ and obviously it fulfills those points… and its appstore is pretty good filled so yeah – if you like it – just use it ๐Ÿ™‚

one thing really missing with Android is a synchronisation suite afaik (never had an Android phone myself) – HTC has got one (I think) – but there’s no common solution…

Maemo

life is over… not supported anymore… get yourself another solution (nitdroid anyone?) … or just be happy with it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m running Maemo PR 1.2 on my N900 and I’m pretty happy with it ๐Ÿ™‚

maybe someday I will upgrade to Meego (unsupported tough) when it’s stable enough or will go to nitdroid – if it fulfills my needs… who knows… at least I know that I’ve got the power at my hand with my N900 ๐Ÿ™‚

iOS

Everyone knows that strange company producing fruits… apples to be precisely… I don’t like their product policy to be honest… but they are well thought out, play nice together, are closed from the top to the bottom, only work with their own brothers and sisters and are white… or grey.. or black… with an apple on it…

Those who like it should use it… it’s just not what I need/want

So what do you think about phone operating systems? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Start into a new life

Hi!

Again long time no see… ^^ since the last time I’ve finished my military service (yeaaah), been to hospital quite a while (boooh) and am now trying to figure out how my life should look like… and where I want to begin…

My current plan is to take it slow and first get my technical stuff in order ^^ my brand new Nokia N900, meego, ArchLinux, Maemo, buildserver, mediacenter pc, flashing all kinds of devices ranging from my router to my WDTV Live and my phone (yes I had meego running on my N900 ^^).

Job search has already begun and all other life related things are creeping along slowly… as always ^^

but I think I’ll post about those in detail later… just wanted to tell ya: I’m still alive (and kicking).. well no… alive.. that’s it.. nothing more nothing less ^^

Cya next time ๐Ÿ™‚