BOSSA’10 – Presentation submission deadline extended

Bossa Conference 2010

After some people’s requests, it’s nice to hear that the BOSSA committee decided to extend the call for presentation to January 17, 2010.

This is the first year that the conference is doing a call for presentation, so if you are working with free and open source technologies related to mobile embedded platforms, please submit an abstract of your presentation at http://www.bossaconference.indt.org/.

The conference will be held in Manaus, Amazonas – Brazil, a different city from the other years. As always, it’ll be an awesome conference, having lots of interesting talks and people, and also the opportunity to hack and discuss new ideas πŸ™‚

If you have something with Qt, WebKit, Android, OpenEmbedded, Linux Kernel, Maemo, etc, please, go there and try it out, I guarantee that if accepted, you won’t regret!

See you there!

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Yet another another FISL 10 report

So, as I told at the previous post, I went to FISL 10 last week, also with the opportunity to give a presentation about OpenEmbedded and Mamona.

The conference was quite good this year, not because the level of the technical presentations, but because a lot of important people from many communities went there also. The talks after the presentations, and also at the bar, were the most productive part of the event πŸ™‚

My presentation was actually quite cool, with many people interested in OpenEmbedded and also how to hack those Nokia Tablet Devices.

For those who can read portuguese, follow this link to get the presentation.

Some photos (Copyright from Otubo):

In the future I guess FISL will also let the videos of all presentations, so you can download it and see how it went.

Let’s see how the next FISL is going to be, but for sure I’ll try to participate again πŸ™‚

OpenEmbedded and Mamona at Fisl 10

For those who are going to FISL this year, I’m going to make a presentation about OpenEmbedded and Mamona, showing how the OE woks and also how OE can support so many different machines, distros and packages.

The presentation is going to happen this wednesday (24/06) at 17h. If you are planning to understand more about how the embedded environment works, learn about it’s problems and how OE is handling that, you can’t miss it πŸ˜‰

Besides the presentation I’m quite happy that I’m going to meet some good old friends. Hopefully we’ll learn more about what each other are doing and also to drink some beers together πŸ™‚

See you all there πŸ™‚

Mamona Gentoo Overlay

At this weekend I finally had some time to work on something that I was in debt for a while, a gentoo overlay for Mamona.

If you’re a Gentoo user and want to test and run Mamona at your favorite distribuition, you now just need to install Mamona overlay and emerge mamona-installer.

For installation procedure just access Mamona Gentoo Overlay wiki page.

List of ebuilds at the moment:

  • cdebootstrap
  • mamona-installer
  • reprepro
  • 0xFFFF
  • mic
  • libdebian-installer (required by cdebootstrap)

Code at http://rsalveti.net/git/?p=mamona-overlay;a=summary

Mamona 0.2 is out!

Mamona Logo

Mamona Logo

I’m really happy to announce the final release of Mamona 0.2!

We’ve been working very hard to accomplish what we wanted for the final release, since the 0.2-Beta release.

We could not delivery everything we wanted, but this is a major improvement from the latest release.

Some of the main highlights for 0.2:

  • Improved SDK
  • Xephyr support on SDK
  • Full Emulation
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Wireless Network with Network Manager API
  • Command line interface for Network Manager
  • Web browser: Midori
  • New installer, with our own Qemu (don’t need to mess up with your system anymore πŸ™‚
  • Completely rewritten wiki documentation
  • New Enlightenment wallpaper

See more at the Release notes, and the complete list of what changed at the Change Log.

You can find the installation instructions and much more at the Documentation wikipage.

And, as always, features planned for the next release:

  • Rebase to the latest OE repository
  • Push Mamona’s patches to OE
  • Full support of QT 4
  • Initial support for KDE 4
  • Something to report the battery status to the user
  • More machines: beagleboard
  • ARMv7 support
  • a newer gcc, glibc and other applications.
  • more applications
  • MDM – Mamona Device Manager

We’re also planning to make new releases more often, so wait for the next release soon πŸ˜‰

Please, try Mamona 0.2 and give us some feedback, so we can improve the platform for the next release.

And finally, a big thanks for everybody who helped making this release possible πŸ™‚

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!