Freerunner phone: SHR update

I have finally updated software on my Neo FreeRunner cell phone.

I have using the SHR Linux distribution for more than one year and I am less or more satisfied with it. But I didn’t wanted to update the phone before return from traveling so I have updated only recently. So I never used the new Illume2 environment before.

SHR desktop with Gry theme

What is bad?

The older environment (pictured above) have looked better to me (and it also was bit more practical). But OK, I can live with the new one (see below). And it is also less buggy and it is actively developed.

SHR desktop (Illume2)

The bad thing is that of by older Gtk+ applications now can’t work – I have to recompile them. It looks like easy task but setting up of the building environment (compilers, libraries,..) in not so easy. So I can’t use them right now.

What is good?

The good thing is that there is finally an useful calculator – the Gaculator from the GNOME desktop.
It includes all the functionality that I need (I don’t need too much: trigonometric functions and ability to use degrees is enough for me…). And trere is also the Gnuplot plotting program. Actually, I use my Ben NanoNote much more frequently for these things but it is sometimes useful to have such software on the phone, too.

I also updated the bootloader from old U-Boot to newer Qi and the GPS chip now can works even after suspend and resume (it still need a lot of time to get a fix, though). That’s nice.

Final notes

I still miss a good e-mail client and a RSS reader but it is not a big issue because a use the Mutt and the SnowNews on my Nanonote.

Galculator on SHR

Still I must say that the phone environment is more eye-candy but the simple textual environment on the NanoNote is much, much more productive.

Ben NanoNote and Neo FreeRunner

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Freerunner phone: SHR update

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