I got a Linksys WRT160NL and because I didn’t find any pictures of the board nor any data about the serial – here’s what I got:
qi-hardware is a startup (announced 20th of July on linux.com) which set itself the target of manufacturing and deploying hardware under the idea of “Open Source Hardware” (for details you might want to read the mentioned article on linux.com or on qi-hardware.com itself).
This idea might call some analogies to Openmoko and – indeed – not just the ideas, also the people are almost the same 🙂
Same idea? Same targets? Same people? Let’s face it: same mistakes? At least qi is saying: “no!” as described in their post “Lessons learned”
Based on the saying “back to the roots” aka “the more basics the fewer problems” they announced their first device:
the “Ben NanoNote”, which (at least for now) comes with no RF-hardware at all.
Nevertheless the project looks very interesting and promising – even more when I was told that OpenWrt is going to be used as default operating system.
Shortly after I was asked whether I’m interested in helping getting OpenWrt running on it – I agreed, got one and am now hacking on it 🙂
Let’s see how things will do…
Long time no news regarding OpenWrt <-> the Openmoko Neo devices; but it
It now reached a state where I think it’s justified to announce a ready-to-work(/debug?) OpenWrt-Image for the Openmoko Freerunner.
This should be a short overview of what happened
– kernel 126.96.36.199 is running
all neo-specific patches were extracted from the OM-kernel-tree and
created an atomic and maintainable patchset for the Neo (thanks to Lars !!)
– clean, stable and accelerated graphics system
thanks to the gorgeous work of the xf86-video-glamo developers (especially Lars (again)), finally
there’s no need for <Xglamo> anymore – acceleration is done from within
an usual <Xorg> with the glamo-driver used. The infamous WSOD (white screen of death) should be
ultimately purged out.
– GPS works
the amazing application <tangoGPS> is also available as an
– performance tuned
due to it’s architecture itself, fixed bugs and found ways for
optimizations through all layers, OpenWrt now boots in less than 1
minute into illume (very first boot excluded)
– software added/upgraded
besides lot’s of just OpenWrt-related improvements, also typical
OM-community-used packages were added and upgraded to recent versions
(e.g. tangogps, enlightenment/the whole efl-suite, paroli, fso, connman,
– a beautiful bootsplash
real beauty can’t be described by words 😛
– phone calls are still possible
thanks to paroli, the basic phone stuff is (still) working (phone calls,
messages, contacts, etc.)
== Images / environment
Images can be found here: http://nanl.de/files/openwrt/openmoko/
Mind – that, as usual for OpenWrt – the default IP of your device will
be “192.168.1.1” and the only running service will be <telnet> on port
After logging in and setting a password, <telnetd> is getting replaced
through <sshd> (port 22).
The mentioned files/images have the prefix “20090706_r16709_1”, based on
Suggestions / critism is welcome… 🙂
The original announcement on the mailinglists can be found here (http://kerneltrap.org/mailarchive/openmoko-devel/2009/7/6/6147903)