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Mamona with virtual keyboard at N770

These latest weeks we’ve been working to get the virtual keyboard on Mamona. We first studied Hildon Input Method and it’s framework, but it was not exactly what we wanted.

After researching a little more, with suggestion of trickie, we decided to try matchbox-keyboard, and realized that it was almost what we wanted, it’s simple, fast and doesn’t depend on any toolkit.

Then, we got to a final solution, that’s to let matchbox-keyboard working with enlightenment, and with the same behavior as maemo with hildon-input-method.

Here it’s a demo of what you get if you build the latest version of mamona (running on N770 :-):

How to get to this:
Patches on matchbox-keyboard, mostly by Aloisio;
Enlightenment Patches, also by Aloisio;
Mamona Input Methods that works with ecore and gtk;
Mamona-IM Enlightenment Applet

We’re still working on to get matchbox-keyboard patches upstream, but, if you need them, you can get at mamona git repository.

Please, use it and test if everything is working fine, or at least as expected:-). In case you want to report any bug, please open a ticket at mamona’s trac and we’ll work on it as fast as we can:-).

Thanks Aloisio for working with Matchbox-Keyboard and Enlightenment, Lauro for working on the first draft of mamona-input-methods and Tiago Buarque for the applet icons!

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  1. July 18, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Fuck! Very nice:-)

    Just wondering when these toys will come with an integrated GSM. When this day come, I’ll buy one.:-)

    Keep on coding guys, nice job!😉


  2. July 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Cool!!! \o/
    Nice job man! Kudos for you and the team😉

  3. trickie
    July 21, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Nice One! Let the typing begin…

  4. July 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Very very nice!
    Just wondering when will we (mortal men) be able to install it on our tablets without having to apply patch over patch and compile everything. Any “single-click” installer or flash image will be available?

    Thank you for your work,

  5. July 22, 2008 at 11:30 am


  6. rsalveti
    July 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    @Rafael Proença: unless you want to hack mamona (the meta-distro part of it, from OpenEmbedded), you’re not going to patch or build anything. We’ll release Mamona 0.2 soon (one month, I guess), and for the release we’ll create an installation guide, that you’ll use our tools to generate the final image so you can flash it at your device:-).

  7. August 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    have you considered using CellWriter in addition to or instead of matchbox-keyboard? Handwriting recognition would be nice, and it doesn’t look like it would take too much work to add appropriate software.

  8. rsalveti
    August 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    @ken bloom: to be honest with you, I didn’t know about CellWriter until now. I’ll take a look at it and see how it goes with Mamona, maybe is something easy to integrate.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  9. January 15, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Very nice. Thank you for this work.

  10. October 13, 2009 at 3:32 am

    So I told her to go out along the sidewalk, find a grownup, and tell them mommy needs an ambulance. ,

  11. October 22, 2009 at 3:38 am

    That I get is as right as I can. ,

  1. July 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm
  2. December 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm

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