name = GPE Palmtop Environment
caption = Screenshot of GPE 2.8 on a Palm TX
latest release version = 2.8
latest release date =
7 August 2007
operating system =
Personal digital assistants
GNU General Public License, GNU Lesser General Public License
website = http://gpe.linuxtogo.org/
recursive initialismfor GPE Palmtop Environment) is a graphical user interfaceenvironment for handheld computers, such as palmtops and personal digital assistants (PDAs), running the Linuxoperating system. GPE is a complete environment of software components and applications which makes it possible to use a Linux handheld for tasks such as personal information management(PIM), audio playback, email, and web browsing.
Available under the terms of the
GNU General Public Licenseand the GNU Lesser General Public License, GPE is free software.
GPE is bundled with embedded
Linux distributions targeting the following platforms:
Siemens AG SIMpadSL4
In addition, GPE maintainers and the open source community are developing ports for additional devices:
GamePark Holdings GP2x
* Nokia 770
Palm Treo 650[http://www.grack.com/programming/misc/TreoLinux.html]
On February 5th, 2007, The GPE project announced [http://gpephone.linuxtogo.org/ GPE Phone Edition] , a new variant of GPE developed for mobile phones. [cite web |url=http://www.linuxtogo.org/new-project-gpe-phone-edition |title=New Project: GPE Phone Edition |accessdate=2007-08-23 |last=Boor |first=Florian |date=2007-02-05]
GPE is a
X Window Systembased GUI, utilizing GTK+for interfaces and Matchbox for window management. The project provides an infrastructure for easy and powerful application development by providing core software such as shared libraries, database schemas, and building on available technology including SQLite, D-BUS, GStreamerand several more common standards defined by freedesktop.org.
One of the major goals of the GPE project is to encourage people to work on
free softwarefor mobile devices and to experiment with new technologies.
Some of the applications already developed for GPE include:
* "GPE-Contacts" - A contacts manager
* "GPE-Calendar" - The calendar application
* "GPE-Edit" - A simple text editor
* "GPE-Filemanager" - A file manager with
MIME typeand remote access support
* "GPE-Gallery" - Small and easy to use image viewer
* "GPE-Games" - A small collection of tiny games
* "GPE-Mini-Browser" - A
* "GPE-Sketchbook" - Create notes and sketches
* "GPE-Soundbite" - A voice memo tool
* "GPE-ToDo" - A task list manager
* "GPE-Timesheet" - Track time spend on tasks
* "Starling" - A GStreamer based audio player
VLC" - A media player
GPE's PIM applications (GPE-Contacts, GPE-Calendar, GPE-ToDo) can be synchronized with their desktop and web counterparts (such as
Novell Evolution, Mozilla Sunbirdand Google Calendar) through the use of "GPE-Syncd" and the OpenSync framework.
push e-mailclient based on the Tinymailframework is in development.
GPE can be found as a primary environment in the following embedded Linux distributions:
Though it may not be as highly supported as the distributions listed above, GPE is also available through package management utilities in the following distributions:
Internet Tablet OS
There are ongoing controversies surrounding the GPE project regarding a change of hosting service, ownership of an
IRCchannel, and a trademark dispute. [cite web |url=http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=07/05/24/157218 | title= GPE project and Handhelds.org in acrimonious trademark dispute | accessdate=2007-08-18 |last=Willis |first=Nathan |date=2007-05-24] [cite web |url=http://lwn.net/Articles/236287/ |title= Whose project is it anyway? | accessdate=2007-08-22 |last=Corbet |first=Jonathan |date=2007-07-07]
Serious issues first began developing over a proposed change of hosting service. GPE had been hosted at [http://handhelds.org Handhelds.org] since April 2002. Some of GPE's developers suggested, and later followed through with, a move to [http://linuxtogo.org Linuxtogo.org] by October 2006. [cite newsgroup |url=http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.handhelds.gpe/5523 |title=New home for GPE? |accessdate=2007-08-23 |author=Nils Faerber |date=2006-08-17 |newsgroup=gmane.comp.handhelds.gpe] Handhelds.org responded by removing the user accounts of the departing developers, and any links or reference to the new [http://gpe.linuxtogo.org GPE Linuxtogo.org] location on the original [http://gpe.handhelds.org GPE Handhelds.org] site. [cite web |url=http://www.handhelds.org/moin/moin.cgi/GPEProject?action=diff&date1=1167946855&date2=1164453993 |title= Diff for "GPEProject" - Handhelds.org MoinMoin Wiki |accessdate= 2007-08-23 |date=2007-01-04]
Both parties claim ownership of the #gpe
IRCchannel located at Freenode.net. Freenode.net has placed the channel in trust, or locked, until both sides can come to an agreement. Subsequently, Linuxtogo.org currently uses #gpe-project, and Handhelds.org uses #handhelds-gpe, both on Freenode.net.
George France, a Handhelds.org administrator, has filed for trademark registration with the
USPTOfor GPE, in addition to OPIEand Ipkgas of March 6th, 2007. [cite web |url=http://portal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?SRCH=Y&isSubmitted=true&details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=77123546# |title="US Serial No: 77123546, Application" |accessdate=2007-08-23 |date=2007-03-26] On June 25th, 2007, the USPTO declined to accept a screenshot of the Handhelds.org GPE website as proof of Handhelds.org's ownership, and in addition requested a better specimen for a “GPE product”. [cite web |url=http://portal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?SRCH=Y&isSubmitted=true&details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=77123546# |title="US Serial No: 77123546, Offc Action Outgoing" |accessdate=2007-08-23 |date=2007-07-25] Handhelds.org, and OSI board member Russ Nelson, assert that the GPE project was given over to Handhelds.org for public development. [cite web |url= http://www.handhelds.org/geeklog/article.php?story=20070525101908558 |title= The backstory to the trademarks |accessdate=2007-08-23 |last=Nelson |first=Russ |date=2007-05-25]
The GPE developers working at Linuxtogo.org maintain that they represent the active GPE project, and Handhelds.org was only a hosting provider. [cite newsgroup |url=http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.handhelds.ipaq.general/18811 |title=Re: crosscompiling question, ...Maybe this could be hosted on sourceforge.handhelds.org?... |accessdate=2007-08-23 |author=Nils Faerber |date=2001-12-21 |newsgroup= gmane.comp.handhelds.ipaq.general] [cite web |url= http://fl0rian.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/threatened-update/ |title= Threatened - update |accessdate=2007-08-23 |last=Boor |first=Florian |date=2007-05-23] Furthermore, they point out that the GPE project existed before it was hosted on Handhelds.org. [cite newsgroup |url=http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.handhelds.ipaq.general/18846 |title= GPE - GNU PDA Environment |accessdate-2007-08-23 |author=Nils Faerber |date=2001-12-22 |newsgroup= gmane.comp.handhelds.ipaq.general]
The USPTO issued a final rejection regarding the GPE trademark on February 27th, 2008. George France amended the application (removing references to
GNUand Linux). The GPE trademark was officially published for oppostion June 3rd, 2008. [cite web |url=http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77123546 |title="Latest Status Info" |accessdate=2008-07-01 |date=2008-06-03]
Despite George France's impending personal GPE trademark, the core GPE development team at Linuxtogo.org has abandoned much of the Handhelds.org GPE infrastructure. Linuxtogo.org developers have switched GPE to a new bootloader and replaced IPKG with OPKG, not to mention major changes to the GPE gui applications. [cite web |url=http://fl0rian.wordpress.com/2008/03/28/gpe-trademark-rejected/ |title= GPE trademark rejected |accessdate=2008-07-01 |last=Boor |first=Florian |date=2008-03-28]
OPIE (operating system)
* [http://gpe.linuxtogo.org/ GPE web site at LinuxToGo]
* [http://gpe.handhelds.org/ GPE web site at Handhelds.org]
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