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As recent news stated Symbian ^4 will not be released but instead updates will be released for Symbian ^3 and the platform will evolve into what should have become Symbian ^4 at some point.

Also stated in the comments on conversations.nokia.com is that Orbit Ui (Ui Extensions for mobile) (Uiemo) has been discontinued in favour of native Qt and Qt Quick.

I don’t know what to think about this yet but at least there are not two competing Frameworks for Ui development anymore (Meego Touch Framework and Orbit).

 

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As mentioned in my last blog entry about Dinjam I’m in the progress of separating the core stuff of Dinjam into a library (libdinjam) and creating Uis for different scenarios (like mobile usage).

There are 4 different uis in the works – even though I’m not sure all of them will ever be finished (more about that later).

1.) Desktop (QWidget based)

This is the traditional Ui as it has always been with the Ui designed using Qt Designer and the QGraphicsScene created from within the scripts.


Atm Scripts are broken in the sense of that there are no C++ exports of for example documentmanagement. (and there are some other broken pieces everywhere)

2.) Meego Touch Framework (MTF) (QGraphicsView based)

A new ui based on the MTF developed by Nokia/Intel for Meego. Atm I’m trying to setup a devel environment but it is not as easy as I had hoped – I’m trying the qemugl approach from the wiki – but the image won’t boot using kvm (just stops at loading the kernel) and without it starts X and then stops (no handset UX shows up). How to get network up and running can be found here.

After packaging libmeegotouch and meegotouchtheme for ArchLinux I can now sort of execute/link/use meego applications although there is some really weird gconf stuff going on and I’m not sure if my system is correctly set up now. Maybe I’ve got to set up a Fedora VM or something similar. Or just wait for PR 1.3 of Maemo to easily dualboot Meego natively on my N900 to execute directly on my N900.


Basically everything here are placeholders – as I just recently found out that meego applications run at all (before I had a white square and nothing else appearing).

3.) QML Ui (QDeclarativeView based)

QML or “Qt Quick” how the cool guys at Nokia are calling it seems to be the future Nokia envisions for app development. Combined with their ongoing lab project QSceneGraph which should bring enormous performance gains as all painting will shift from QPainter to OpenGL/on GPU based painting, this may really be the future – at least in the long run. I must admit that the whole affair is really new stuff to me so I’m having a pretty hard time figuring out how to transform a traditional ui into a QML based version.

I’m currently trying basic things like navigating between a basic menu to another page showing an about dialog – and I want to make that happen using a nice transition – and not showing/hiding elements but instead loading them as I need them (to save ressources). Sadly I wasn’t able to find any QML application out there using such an approach… I’m looking for the pages concept of MTF I think…

Anyway… here’s my first try…


So what works? The quit button – and About switches to another page – but atm without a nice sliding transition effect and using show/hide of the different rectangles… not nice imho.

4.) Qt Components (QML based)

The last frontend Dinjam may provide in the future is the Qt Components based one – although atm there isn’t much progress as Qt Components itself are not really anywhere atm. Afaik there exists some sort of a Meego “style” atm and an incomplete MX “style”, with a plasma (KDE) “style” in the working (see this post on plasma-devel mailing list) but there is not really anything useable atm I could plug into. At least to my knowledge.

So no screenshot for that one 😦

TODO

So what is still left to do? A LOT! It starts out with library recompiles as soon as I switch platform (3 object files want to relink again), cmake fixes to incorporate the possibility to build not only one but many/all platforms at once. And of course: finish those uis.

I think the best step would be to first get the desktop ui working again and then slowly start creating the others. It remains to be seen how to integrate a QGraphicsScene/View with MTF/QML. Interesting times ahead… that’s for sure.

Stay tuned for more updates. I hope I won’t disappoint you

To end this post: Orbit/Directui anyone? 😛 anyone strange enough to create a KDE ui? 😛

Hell yes!

I’ve been searching for something like this for ages and now finally someone has created what I was looking for.

A short quote from the official homepage:

The FS Editor was created to show an example of how a big software system can be done with Qt, and how you build it with CMake. The focus is on architecture and on showing how features are done

As stated on the homepage there is no real documentation but instead he will post blog entries which can be found here.

Cya soon =)

 

 

 

Hi!

Back again with a short entry about my WD TV Live and how it can be enhanced using an alternative firmware.

I’ve switched to use WDLXTV because I wanted to be able to watch youtube in HD and without any restrictions on which videos I’m allowed to watch. Another interesting service I’ve learned to love is pandorafm.

Sadly I wasn’t able to get WDLXTV to work with my server at home (openSUSE 11.3) – it was shown but I wasn’t able to access its samba shares (login credentials weren’t accepted). The thread on forum.wdlxtv.com can be found here

The solution in the end was that I had to use

config_tool -c SMB_RESOLVEORDER='lmhosts wins bcast'

Now I’m waiting for the new firmware from WD which supports DVD menus (beta already released) and the adoption by WDLXTV to base its firmware on that one.

All in all it is one of the best investions I’ve ever made in entertainment stuff – it just works for most things – except some strange wmv or flv (flash isn’t supported really well)….

PS: having ssh access and hacking all your devices is FUN 🙂

 

Hi!

Again no updates for quite some time… sry… just a short one this time again…

PR 1.3 for N900 is finally coming =) and according to Nokia staff not too far away 🙂

Also Meego on N900 is progressing quite nicely even though it won’t be really useable with its 1.1 release at the end of October…

You can read more about it here (and the pages which are linked on it)

Cya next time

 

 

 

Meego everywhere =)

See this post

PS: yep that’s a short entry =P

Firefox-Qt update =)

Hi!

So today I’ve got an update about firefox-qt for you 🙂 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 🙂 We could create a nice changelog imho and track the progress of Firefox-Qt for users 🙂

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) 🙂

Now have fun enjoying these pics 🙂

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 😦 (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 😦
  • 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 😦 – so no texting/email writing/… while navigating…
  • pretty expensive… 69,99€ 😦

Overall it still looks like a good navigation software…  hopefully my opinion will stay that way as I keep on using the software 🙂 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 🙂 *me looks forward to Qt on Wayland*
  • D-Bus kernel implementation resulting in massive speedups in some areas 🙂 and all this demoed on Maemo – so I see the possibility to this getting into Meego too? 🙂

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

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… 😦

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…