Widgets: Openmoko/Chumby transproject?
t3st3r at mail.ru
Tue Apr 24 21:23:29 CEST 2007
Florent THIERY wrote:
Disclaimer: in no way I'm any official or whatever - I'm just a
subscriber of this list like you.All following thing is just a my own
private opinition.Other recipients or officials may feel this in
slightly another way.
> As we can see, the neo and the chumby have a lot in common, be it
> ideas, hardware specs or even leaders ;)
> Yes, it uses flash7 for widgets. Which has'nt even been considered in
> the openmoko case... But what if the two projects shared the widget
If you're about Macromedia Flash (er, now Adobe), isn't it closed
source?There is already some Linux phones where only kernel and a very
small amount of user-space things are open and remaining components are
proprietary.Then, why there is need to have one more phone where only
kernel is open and everything else is closed-source?Also while flash
player is proprietary, I also see no any good opensource tools to create
flash animations as well.And well, flash is never fast - due to it's
nature it is very CPU-intensive.I'm already had "fun" with Siemens
mobile phone with awfully slow Java-based menu.It was so slow and
sluggish that users are now hacking this proprietary device to allow
developer mode and use native-code menu which is much faster.It is real
pain in the ass to use such devices and wait for device's reaction after
each action.IMHO UI (or should I better say, MMI?) is good when machine
waits for human actions.Not when human waits for machine's action to
complete after each click.
This link unfortunately requires me to login to get it working. I hope
this is not a site advertising?
> The two products could share:
> * embedded experience
> * the content ecosystem
> * the display platform (flash) and tools
> I'm not saying "i want this". But: "why not"?
I'm stated my point of view.Personally, I will never buy "open" phone
where UI toolkit is heavily based on closed source thing and requiring
me to buy proprietary Adobe app to create\change UI parts.That's hardly
in open source spirit.Also, flash based UIs I seen while looking good
are quite slow and jerky even on powerful (and power consuming) desktop
machines so they're hardly usable.Of course this is my own private
opinition and it is safe to ignore it.
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