TuxJam 27

In episode 27 of TuxJam, the usual suspects are joined by Andrew Gregory, formerly of Linux Format magazine and Tuxradar podcast. In our continued attempt to break free of Google, Mcnalu takes a look at switching his personal blog from Blogger to Pelican. Kevie shares his thoughts on the Rii i10 USB mini keyboard and trackpad. We also pause for a moment to talk about the success of the RaspberryPi taking into account that the device has now shipped over 2 million. Andrew Gregory talks about the new project he is working on: Linux Voice. They currently have a crowd funding program running on IndieGoGo to get the Linux Voice magazine up and running, you can check out the progress and contribute here. This along with the usual mix of CCmusic:

Jezra’s email to the show:

Ah, the Zee Tee Eee Open.

What I like most about the ZTE Open, is that with internet sharing
turned on, the device acts as a wifi hotspot and I can use my laptop or
Nokia N900 to access the internet… and the phone makes phone calls.

While this device is a great replacement for the digital camera I had 3
years ago, and the music player I had 3 years ago, and the phone that I
had … um… 3 weeks ago, I happen to be the owner of a Nokia N900 ( a
similarly spec’d device from 4 years ago running a GNU Linux
distribution and with a gecko based default browser), and unfortunately
I tend to judge Firefox OS by the features of Maemo on the N900; what a
bummer for Firefox OS.

For the most part, the biggest problems I’ve had with the ZTE Open tend
to be with the lousy web browser that comes bundled with the device.
Currently, I’m running Firefox OS version and the
browser seems to be slower than the browser on version 1.0, and the
browser still doesn’t handle file uploading properly. It is nice and
dandy that the browser has support for most of HTML5, but when I take a
picture, I’d like to be able to post the picture to a website (Maemo
can do this just fine).

When I am entering data into a web form, pressing the enter key on my
keyboard submits the data. Since Firefox OS is supposed to be web
based, I would expect that when filling in a text field in a
native app that pressing ‘enter’ on the onscreen keyboard would submit
the data.

The open has been declared a “developer” device. More than likely, this
means that owners of the device are expected to compile and flash new
images to their device, and Zee Tee Eee will not be providing Over The
Air updates. Mozilla really dropped the ball by partnering with a
company that seems to have no regard whatsoever for their customers.

Enjoy 1.0, it is doubtful that you will get a timely update to anything
more recent unless you compile it yourself. However, Geeksphone seems
to be providing hella sweet support for owners of the Keon or Peak, and
has a page dedicated to providing the latest images for their devices.
Check out http://downloads.geeksphone.com/ to see what I mean.


Web: http://www.jezra.net
Status: http://status.jezra.net
Coffee: http://coffee.jezra.net

P.S. Some things you can expect in 1.3 :
1. The Marketplace is an app as is no longer “swipe left to right”
2. you can finally put app launchers on the “home screen”
3. the homescreen has a “i’m thinking of..” search bar, and there
doesn’t seem to be a way to get rid of it
(image attached )

P.S.S. using the browser to add a bookmarked website to the homescreen
still doesn’t use the website’s favicon as the launcher icon (image

Author: Kevie Macphail

Kevie is from the Outer Hebrides, in the north west of Scotland,UK. He started podcasting with TuxJam back in 2011 and followed this by co-hosting tech-themed, discussion show Crivins along with Gordon Sinclair. A full time Linux user, currently using Debian as his distro of choice, and a keen promoter of unknown artists/bands, especially those who release their music under a Creative Commons license, this led Kevie to starting the CCJam community podcast. Always keen to spread the word on Creative Commons music and open source projects, Kevie has appeared as a guest on the Bugcast, Hacker Public Radio, Music Manumit Podcast, Rathole Radio and TINT.

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