Archive for January, 2006

Softphones – twinkle and linphone

Monday, January 30th, 2006

I managed to damage the IP-telephony adapter I used to use, by plugging it to another units power supply, so I’ve been looking for something else, at least for the short term.

I have tried the two SIP based softphones Twinkle and Linphone.

Twinkle is a KDE application so it sits a bit awkward on my Gnome desktop, and gave a lot of warnings at startup, probably due the missing KDE environment. It also dragged in some 65+Mb of dependencies, as I don’t normally have alle the KDE libraries installed.

The softphone worked well, though. All I had to do was to enter my VoIP providers info as a SIP proxy, and I could place call to normal phones without any problems.

Linphone is a console and/or Gnome application with a much simpler interface than Twinkle. The Linphone docs talk mostly about making direct calls to other SIP phones, but again I just had to enter my VoIP providers info and I could place and receive calls immediately.

Linphone’s Gnome GUI looks like it could need some love, but the application does its job, and in the end thats what counts.

Its really a great experience when something that seems rather complicated turns out to be so easy.

Being used to Gnome I dumped Twinkle and kept Linphone.

Linux 2.6.15 Stock Debian Kernel on Asus M2400N

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I’ve been using a custom kernel for a long time, mostly because I needed several patches for the Asus M2400N and it was a lot easier to grab a ready made kernel from

Hence, I’ve been running 2.6.9 for a long time, and had a few problems. For example, I haven’t been able to upgrade udev for quite some time, since it now requires 2.6.12 or later.

Anyway, I decided to try and take the short road, and just install a stock debian kernel and see what happens. In the end it turned out quite succesful, though not 100%. There are a few problems to look into.


Debian 2006 GPG keys

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Debian has updated their signing keys so apt-get update produces errors like these:

W: GPG error: testing Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 010908312D230C5F
W: GPG error: unstable Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 010908312D230C5F
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

The solution is to import the new keys (run as root):

wget -O - | apt-key add -

and rerun apt-get update.

Nokia 770 flash problem update

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

I reported here on my recent upgrade of the system on my 770. Initially I wasn’t very happy, but things are getting better, and I have found out a few things in the process. (more…)

Nokia 770 flashed but not happy

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

I flashed my Nokia 770 last year, with the latest image from Nokia Europe, marked 2005_51-13, but I’m not happy with it at all. There are some minor improvements, but on the downside I’m seeing many spurious crashes, on the order of ten crashes in the last day and a half, and I really didn’t use it that much on new year’s eve.

I’m not a happy camper. (more…)