Sound options on the Freerunner

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3rd, 2008 by varikin

In order to use my Freerunner tomorrow at work without bothering the other inhabitants of the cube farm, I needed to do two things.

  1. Disable the click when the screen or a button is pressed
  2. Vibrate instead of ring for incoming call/sms

First, I seached hi and low but could not find out how to control the vibrating.  At first, I thought I needed enable/configure the vibrating, but I realized it already vibrates for an incoming call.  So my solution to both needs is to modify the sound events.  This is handled through PulseAudio.  This is actually very easy.  I commented out the following lines from /etc/pulse/session

    #load-sample touchscreen /usr/share/openmoko/sounds/touchscreen_click.wav
    #load-sample ringtone /usr/share/openmoko/sounds/ringtone_classy.wav

Then I restarted Pulse with “/etc/init.d/pulseaudio restart”  PulseAudio complained about running as root, but it worked.  Restarting the phone will do the same, but why bother.

Now, it no longer clicks or rings!


The Freerunner

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1st, 2008 by varikin

I recieved my Freerunner yesterday after going crazy tracking the package via UPS.  So far it is a good phone.  It is very minimal with just a dialer (phone calls), SMS app, contacts, terminal, and some minimal settings.  But hooking it up to a computer and sshing into it works great.  I got my MacBook to provide internet to the phone through USB, but I can’t get windows to do the same.  But that is ok.  I also got WiFi working, but it won’t connect to the internet through it.

I am happy, but it is definately a developer release and not meant for mass consumption yet.  I will provide more details as I play more.

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