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I’ve worked on a lot of porting projects for the iLiad. I’ll try to keep this post current with everything that I’ve worked on and it’s status.


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Information: FBReader is a document/book reader program. It has support for many of the formats that the iLiad does not natively have. These include CHM, RTF, plucker, palmDoc, ztext, unencrypted mobipocket, HTML, open reader, text, OEB, and others. This, combined with the iLiad’s internal viewers, make the device the most powerful and versatile ebook reader on the market.

Status: FBReader is currently very usable on the iLiad. Page turns and refresh work as expected, and installation via the standalone file is very easy. It gets even better if you modify er_registry.txt to allow for opening documents directly from the contentlister. Other than further FBReader updates, there’s not much more that needs to be done on this port.

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Information: AbiWord is a word processor. It can open up just about every document format on the market including Microsoft Word, RTF, and Open Office.

Status: AbiWord currently works well enough to use as a Word/RTF document viewer. The iLiad was never really meant to be used for extensive document creation. So while you can do a bit of formatting and changes, creating a while document would not be a fun process. With the addition of hudson’s USB Keyboard module it is quite a bit easier. Again, changes can be made to er_registry to allow documents to open directly from the contentlister. Also, the program was not modified to work with the iLiad’s hardware buttons.


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Information: StarDict is a dictionary program. More so than that, is provides a great way to search for other information. There are dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, and translation books available for it online. With enough books, you can literally have all the information you would want at your fingertips.

Status: Stardict works well enough on the iLiad. Right now, the biggest issue is the screen refresh. This can be added to the program with a bit of effort. Right now it’s using Antartica’s libX11 with the refresh hacks built in.

Content Lister based Music Player:

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       Information:  This is a music player using MPD (Music Player Daemon) and MPC.  MPD is the same program used in the iPod Linux project.  I’ve setup a series of scripts to allow the player to be controlled from the command line.  The is the most elegant solution I can come up with to allow music playing on the iLIad.  Because it runs as a daemon, you can listen to books while reading or in other programs.

       Status:  With [Yokos’s improvements to the UI](, it is very easy to use.  However, there are a few issue.  The first one is that the volume control doesn’t do anything.  The best (only?) way to change the volume is the edit /mnt/settings/er_registry.txt.  Also, some songs skip when flipping pages.  I’m not sure if this is the fault of the iLiad’s processor, or because of the click sound.  Hopefully, iRex will allow for disabling the click but keeping the sound on.


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       Information:  EmelFM2 is a file manager.  It’s simple, but does the job.  No longer will you need to connect the iLiad to the computer to move files around and organize your documents.  

       Status:  The current package does not set the $HOME environment variable.  This is important because when deleting files, EmelFM2 moves them to the trash.  I have yet to find an option to make it permanently delete, which I think is Ideal.  I need to update the package, so it set’s the home to the current working directory.  This way you won’t have to worry about filling up the root file system if you delete a file which is too large.

iLiad Development VMware Image:

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       Information:  This is a vmware image of the iLiad development environment that I use to do all of my application porting.  It uses Antartica’s Toolchain, with some other common libraries included.  

       I have also make a tutorial on how to compile an application using the vmware image: [;=35](

Future Projects/ Work in Progress


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       Information:  Gnumeric is a spreadsheet program similar to Microsoft Excel.  It works on the iLiad, but I’m not sure if it’s release quality as of yet.  I had to included a newer version of Glib in the package so that the program would run.  It does start, and it will open and save excel files.  However, it is a bit slow, and the package is very large.  Also, the rows and columns are never the right size when the program opens unless the spreadsheet was saved with Gnumeric.  You should also be able to make changes to er_registry to allow opening excel files directly from the content lister.

Pidgin (Formally Gaim):

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       Information:  Getting the basic functionality of pidgin to work is easy enough.  However, the problem comes with ssl.  It’s required by Google talk and MSN Messenger.  I’ve been unable to get pidgin to compile against a distributable version of the gnu ssl library.  I’ll look further into this, but my priorities are currently elsewhere.