Re: [Ekiga-list] Ekiga on Android

On 24/08/11 23:14, Jānis Rukšāns wrote:
No, linphone has an Android-specific port. In general, no Linux [1]
software that is non-trivial, can run on Android unmodified. First,
Android is about just as much Linux as OS X is FreeBSD. Or even less -
it doesn't even have X (well you can install X but it's pain in the
That is important.
  Second, Android runs on ARM while most desktop software is
written assuming it will run on x86 only.
That is not (or shouldn't be). We learned not to write code that depends on word size and byte/bit order a long time ago. (Perhaps too long ago for some of the younger among us).
Making Ekiga to run on Android would be a very tedious task. One would
have to make sure Ekiga and every library it depends on (including the
standard C++ library) builds and runs correctly on ARM,
Already been done. See Debian and N900. Now, porting it all to Android, that's harder.
  using uClibc
instead of a full-fledged C library.
Why?  Glibc works ok on ARM.
  And then probably make some
additional adjustments to adapt the small screen size of a phone.
Yup, UI is hard.

[1] Here I mean Linux as commonly understood - GNU operating system
using Linux kernel. This is where the GNU/Linux vs Linux distinction
becomes really important.

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