Posts Tagged ‘Angstrom’


The Pandora GUI: What it was, is, and will be.

August 18, 2009
Posted by: gruso


“Menus. Launchers. Desktop environments. Window managers. Pmenu! Pangea! Matchbox! E17! What’s going on?!”

Last week we heard that Matchbox may be superseded by E17, as Pandora’s default window manager. Today, we’ve seen new footage of Pmenu. So what does it all mean? What’s going to greet us on that screen when we first flip the lid? If you’re feeling a little in the dark, this article aims to bring the light. We’ll start with a brief description of Pandora’s operating system, then we’ll get into the GUIs. If you’re a seasoned Linux user, and you’re easily offended by gross simplifications (which all Linux users are), feel free to skip the first bit.

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New video: Give me land, lots of land…

April 1, 2009
Posted by: gruso

Craig has a complete Pandora prototype, and celebrates with a romantic stroll in the British countryside. Tune in for console size comparisons, more XMMS (media player) action, productivity software including full keyboard use, and an unfortunate sporting injury. Please note that the Comic SansIx font on the keypad is not final.

(Thanks Blendenzo for the media player correction.)



So you want to try Angström (in Windows)

March 11, 2009
Posted by: gruso


Another gem from the German camp. One of the blogsters at today.openpandora has put together a Qemu package, allowing us non-hacky Windows types to have a stab at Angström.

Note: This is a Windows package, graciously put together by a community member. Linux users should check out this thread. If a package like this is released for other platforms, you’ll hear it from us first.

Anyhow, back to the package at hand. Free translation (you’ll get the idea):

Already some time ago, there was the possibility of the operating system of Pandora using QEMU to test. But unfortunately, this test was extremely complicated and hardly what did it! That is why I now have a package put together, which not all Linux geeks “testing very easy to make.

Download the file and unpack it (even extractive!)
Run the unzipped folder “angstrom” the file “Start.bat” and lean 1-2 minutes.
Now just login:

User: gast
Password: gast

And that’s the whole charm 😉

And a charm it is. Download, run the .exe, run the .bat, login! If this butters your bun, head over to today.openpandora for the download link (100MB).

Update: atomicthumbs has kindly rehosted the package on his North American server. If you’re in that neck of the woods, grab it here. (100MB, direct link)


Photo: Angstrom running on FDM prototype

January 30, 2009


Some were wondering why MWeston’s latest video showed him launching apps remotely via PC, rather than running the Angstrom distro that Pandora will ship with. It wasn’t due to SD slots not working or incomplete software, as speculated, but because the great continental divide between MWeston (hardware man, Canada) and EvilDragon (software man, Germany) prevented him popping next door for tea, scones, and tech support. Don’t forget that we’ve already seen Angstrom running in all its glory courtesy of ED.

The good news is that MWeston has now sorted out his 1’s and 0’s, and has Angstrom running on the FDM prototype. We don’t have a video yet, but we do have a dashing new photo. Word from MW is that it’s playing nicely with Pandora’s keyboard. Click pic for a bigger version and eat it up. Just save some room for dessert.



Build your own Angstrom (Pandora OS) image!

January 19, 2009

Much thanks to user ttcircus for pointing this out.

This is an Online image builder for the Angstrom (Pandora) OS – meaning you can test stuff out from the comfort of your own PC. Just select “omap3-pandora”, check all the boxes, tick “Matchbox” (or any others you want to try), tick all the packages you want and click “build”! Then wait for the process to finish and download it. If you want to actually try it out, you’ll probably need QEmu and a fast PC.


Boot Times

December 31, 2008

Mali posted this on the forums:

Ångstöm boot time:

“Booting from SD takes 8 seconds, booting from NAND(yes, the first NAND-OS version is available) takes 40 seconds with JFFS2 – we will try another file system, looking at the specs it should be possible to boot in 10-12 seconds from NAND” -ED

1. NAND booting time was also slow on OMAP2.
2. Here is a benchmark of beagle board’s NAND…and-read-speeds

EDIT: Fixed link.