Widgets: Openmoko/Chumby transproject?

Mikko J Rauhala mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi
Wed Apr 25 16:44:53 CEST 2007

On ke, 2007-04-25 at 08:23 -0600, Joe Pfeiffer wrote:
> Florent THIERY writes:
> >> If you're about Macromedia Flash (er, now Adobe), isn't it closed
> >> source?
> >
> >The neo has a closed source real time OS running the GSM part...
> OS?  It's been said pretty consistently that it's a user-mode daemon.

He's talking GSM, not GPS. The GSM chip indeed has its own proprietary
OS. However, that's IMAO a special case and very different from any
user-mode software on the SOC side. We want an open GNU/Linux system on
this phone. It would be _nice_ to have an open GSM system as well, but
not possible at this point.

The GSM part is nicely encapsulated as an integrated peripheral
providing a standard API. As such it's not of as much openness interest
to the application developers and users as the base GNU/Linux OS with
its application libraries is.

Heck, apparently even Stallman only had a problem with the GPS plugin.

Mikko J Rauhala <mjrauhal at cc.helsinki.fi>
University of Helsinki

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