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Misc plasmoids on n810


The KDE install in my n810 is still not fully functional, but at least i’ve checked the plasmoids i was more curious and that i think are more interesting on a device like that, so here it is a little pr0n gallery of random stuff plamoids and not:

KDE4 splash screen yeeah, this photo is horrendously blurred, btw looks really nice (and good that looks nice because you will see it for a loong time :P)


Browser applet, i like the idea that on devices like this the browser would be something like an applet

browser applet - kde.org

browser applet - notmart.org

Twitter applet, successfully retrieves and posts items, only two gliches: the proxywidget input bug i talked yesterday and seems to fetch only the user avatar, not the other ones


Weather applet: weell, not really much to see, aanyways works as expected, seems that

Akademy, 810 and stuffs


came back from akademy saturday by plane together with Ruphy, WindowsUninstall and Andjam, all gone smooth, unlike other people, sorry guys 🙁 apart from the fact i now have a spectacular cold (probably weather nicer than the belgian one was a too big shock :))

don’t know what to say about it in particular, apart that KDE people are really amazing, especially those people have done a really crazy job, there was a sense of world domination really fantastic, it makes feel that is actually possible (hmm, maybe not world domination, but at least market domination yeah:).

Now at home, have a couple of patches still in the laptop that should really be polished/committed or mercilessy thrown away (/me laaazy)

Most important i should really do my thesis, and i’m trying really hard to do it (now i’m in the phase of making old terrible code to look good ohyeah, funny as eating a bunch of nails:)

But really nicer things pops up, like uhm… installing KDE4 on the new shiny n810 (Sorry for everybody else, but i’m reeally happy it did come with an Italian type L power plug eheheh) 😛

These are some reeeally empirical advices i’ve got, btw the Mek’s guide should be mostly enough:

  • Space on main device storage it’s negligible, just compile with a prefix under /media/mmc1 or /media/mmc2, maybe even qt
  • If you like me are a bit autolesionist, installing on vfat does work, just copy dereferencing the links with cp -R -L, would eat way more disk space but yay, works!
  • internal or external memory cards are mounted with noexec flag by default, so before starting it go into root (r&d mode must be enabled) unmount and mount them again
  • Installing dependencies and compiling qt+kde under scratchbox eats an humongous quantity of disk space, be prepared to sacrify around 10+ gigs of hard drive space 🙂
  • as Mek said if you got a compilation problem good odds that is qdbuscpp2xml (qt bug?), so delete the 0 bytes generated xml file, make with VERBOSE=1 to see the exact command and generate that file again with the system’s qdbuscpp2xml outside scratchbox
  • maybe it’s just here, but sometimes seems to really hate make -jsomething, even if you have a garzillion of cores better you forget it when you compile kdelibs under scratchbox
  • most of dependencies can be downloaded with apt, except shared-mime-info that the provided one is freakin’ ancient, oh and boost (ouch!) if you want kdepimlibs, but till didn’t managed to get pimlibs compile

Random impressions:

Very nice device, love its openess (well at least of the software) and hackability, it’s nearly not marketed at all and way too expensive, otherwise would sell many times it sells(or rather not sell) now

Little roadblock between us and world conquering: QGraphicsProxyWidgets seems to not accept some keyboard input: letters don’t work, enter and control shortcuts work, it’s in this way i managed to post from twitter applet (qt or hildon input methods bug?)

Oxygen widgets on one hand looks really nice due to the really high number of dpi, on the other hand gradients looks way crippled by the 16bit color depth

Overall is slow but not so much, some applications react to the tiny screen size better than one would imagine, plasmoids are in general behaving well, apart the input problem, /me thinks having a plasma interface designed for this type of beasts won’t be too hard.



Hmmm, don’t know how to feel about this, i only hope the developement of the desktop version of qt (especially the unix one) doesn’t slow down, they’re a mobile company after all.
I hope it’s a good news (nokia: hint hint, lgpl :P) but every time a big corp buys someone else i always fell a certain smell…

Playing with a phone: Nokia 6630 and Linux


I’m playing with my new toy: it’s a Nokia 6630 (I know it’s quite old, but I wanted the s60 phone with more affordable price I could find :P).

Of course I still think the perfect Uber-Geek telephone of my dreams is this, but I fear such devices will remain to be low availability geeky devices unless the various linux phone manufactures will agree to some standard and interoperable platform…

By the way Symbian is truly a very nice little OS, the only pity It’s that it’s not so open, BTW Nokia offers a quite decent SDK, that supports only windows but is based on gcc, cygwin and Perl, I find this a true delirium, but is there some way to set up a working SDK also on Linux/OSX.

So I hope to be able to write something useful for it in the near future, maybe a tool for making a SMS backup without the uberevil PC-Suite (see below) and some themes, because all the futile things are the most important ones 🙂 (and the nice thing is that both the apps and the themes are compatible with all S60v2 based phones, so stay tuned even if you have a model slightly different).

Getting it to play nice with Linux

The most important thing I want from it of course making it to play nicely with Linux, if only for the ugliness of the Nokia tool (PC-Suite, of course Windows only) that is an obtrusive, slow, buggy and bad looking thing 🙂

In this section I will point to some very useful how-tos I found around here

So the things I would like to be able to do with it are:

  • Synchronizing addressbook, calendar and notes (works)
  • Transfer files with OBEX (works)
  • Reading/synching SMSes (still didn’t manage it to work)
  • Using the telephone as GPRS modem (works)
  • More perverse, using the computer as a modem for the telephone (works)

Of course all these things should work on both bluetooth and with the more convenient USB DKU-2 cable bundled with it.

Available tools

The tools I have tried in my journey are:

It’s a really nice piece of work (of course the most decent UI on the whole lot :D), but unfortunately at the moment isn’t of much help because at the moment it only supports the old AT protocol that is very crippled on Symbian devices (there is an early Gammu support but unfortunately also Gammu isn’t of much help). All you can do is to see the battery and the signal levels and make outgoing calls.
It’s a tool specific for Nokia phones that (on S60 devices) features a “server” application called Gnapplet that runs on the phone. It should allow to access the addressbook and the SMS archive from the PC. I managed to access the addressbook, but when I try to download a SMS Gnapplet crashes (It also have been reported to crash on Nokia 6600).
Gammu is a fork of Gnokii, but as KMobileTools I only managed to access the battery and signal levels with it.
It’s a tool to perform OBEX filetransfers between the phone and the PC, and it works flawlessly.
It’s a relatively new tool (and IMHO the most promising one) to synchronize the addressbook, the notes and the calendar between the phone and the PC, it supports various backends, from simple plaintext ones to integration within Kontact and Evolution. The installation was a little bit tricky but it works quite well.
It basically forces the phone to use its Tcp/ip stack over bluetooth. It installs into the phone and lets you share the internet connection of the PC with the phone.

Synchronizing addressbook, calendar and notes

A very complete how-to on configuring OpenSync can be found at http://blog.dukanovic.com/?p=5. As I said the installation was a little bit tricky because there are needed the most recent version of the tools downloaded form SVN. Only a little note: when he says to download wbxml2 version 0.9.0 and patch it, please do it! Even if the 0.9.2 version has integrated that patch, it doesn’t work (at least with that phone).

Transfer files with OBEX

The how-to can be found at http://wiki.splitbrain.org/nokia_6630. Once you have gotten Openobex working, you can access it via the command line based obexftp client or with an ugly Tcl/Tk interface called ObexTool, there is also a KDE kio-slave, but it doesn’t support an usb connection and I didn’t manage it to work neither on bluetooth. A most promising method is a fuse based filesystem called obexfs, but at the moment also it doesn’t seem to work very well.

Getting obexftp and obextool to work with bluetooth is more straightforward, in order to get them working with the USB cable is necessary to use a very recent version of openobex and obexftp and obextool needs to be patched.

Reading/synching SMSes

Unfortunately I still hadn’t managed it to work. AFAIK the only tool that can be used to access the SMSes is Gnokii (Wammu doesn’t seems to work), but as i said it accesses correctly the address book but Gnapplet keeps crashing when it downloads a SMS (I will seek in the gnapplet source code if I can find the cause but the code seems very cryptinc to me 🙁 ). A basic gnokii setup is also covered on http://wiki.splitbrain.org/nokia_6630.

Using the telephone as GPRS modem

The how-to can be found at http://bitubique.com/content/view/26/42/. I still hadn’t tried it too much because it costs a butt-load of cash 🙂

More perverse, using the computer as a modem for the telephone

notmart.org on Opera for S60

Because accessing the internet with the GPRS connection of your phone is soooo costly you may be interested to connect the phone to the internet sharing the connection of the PC. a good how-to can be found at http://www.rlachenal.com/bluetooth-6600-linux/. It’s for the Nokia 6600 but the procedure it’s nearly the same, there are only few minor things to account:

  • Download the right version of gnubox specific for the 6630 (gnubox_6630_80_81.sis)
  • In gnubox configuration set “2Box Bluetooth” to “Lan Access Server” (instead if you use in under Windows you must set it to “serial”. A good How-to for Windows xp can be found at http://web.singnet.com.sg/~kinston/Bluetooth%20Internet.htm)
  • After you have started dund and before actually trying to connect your phone to the internet you must go in the gnubox menu to debug->”bring up IF”
  • For Nokia phones it works only with Bluetooth, only for Sony Ericsson it can be used also over usb cable
  • Make sure that the shell script used here uses the right interface names, i.e. you create the interface from your PC to the internet (ppp0) before creating the interface from the phone to the PC (ppp1), otherwise you can change the interface names in that script. If you are connected to the internet behind an ethernet adsl router you may want to substitute “ppp0” with eth0.
  • the built in applications seems not to support the bluetooth provider, you must install 3rd party apps and configure them accordingly. On gnubox site there is a screenshot showing the configuration for Opera for S60
  • When the bluetooth connection is lost it stops working and it for some reasons can’t make a new one. The only way to fix it seems to reboot the phone (LOL :D)