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Flight equipment on maemo device?

Postby allin121 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:25 am

Hello there!
I would like to know if the flight gear can be put on a maemo device, a n900.I saw xplane running on it .......
The only problem might be the lack of nokia support on that device and os which is really bad but there is still a very strong community:)
On that device, I'm a beginner developer: oops: so any tips would be great.
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Re: Flight equipment on maemo device?

Postby wkitty42 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:45 pm

is that this device?

couple of things that come to mind:

  • ARM CPU: i don't think FG can be compiled for them... could be wrong, though...

  • memory: i run pretty low spec and regularly see my FG chew up 8Gig of RAM and rise as high as 15Gig at times...

  • GPU: what GPU does that thing use and is there openGL drivers for it?

  • scenery: the entire world scenery is 90.4 GiB (97085316422 bytes) composed of 1834055 files in 46471 directories...

  • control: can't attack a joystick, mouse, or yoke to that device, can you? how would you control all the realistic switches, knobs, and sliders *while* flying the craft?
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Re: Flight equipment on maemo device?

Postby Hooray » Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:57 pm


you would have to cross-compile a subset of FG, and would have to port the remaining parts to use OpenGL ES (according to wikipedia, the n900 uses a SGX530 GPU that only supports OpenGL ES).

Either way, 256MB of RAM (or 1gb of virtual memory with swap) will be problematic - FlightGear is not particularly good at feature scaling, and isn't designed/developed with embedded platforms in mind

Someone with a backgound in software development (Linux, C++, cmake, git, OpenGL) could probably get a subset of FlightGear built for the device, but that will be primarily useful as a learning experience, you will not be able to actually load any scenery or complex aircraft.

It would still be a good effort though (primarily for FG itself), but certainly not for the faint-hearted.

You'd basically start out by building the headless portion of simgear/flightgear and its dependencies, and then take it from there by incrementally re-adding stuff.

But again, given the hardware specs, you won't be able to "fly".

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Re: Flight equipment on maemo device?

Postby Acese1 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:43 pm

huge thanks for all the information. taken in consideration that i'm a beginner, that's all helpful for me and i appreciate it a lot.
OP, have you solved the issue? interested in what you can update. thanks
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