At the risk of being flamed : State of software
thomas at openedhand.com
Fri Aug 24 17:14:54 CEST 2007
On Fri, 2007-08-24 at 16:59 +0200, wim delvaux wrote:
> HI all,
> Champion of open source and user of familiar on Ipaq when time was new, i
> wonder if it was such a good idea to rewrite from scratch an entire GUI
> Knowing that the device is now about 6 months late and looking at the overall
> stability and completeness of the GUI (List of issues is still long perhaps
> too long ?) I wonder if it would not have been a better solution to put
> things like QTopia on the phone. I mean, how long will it still take to get
> things to this level
> (http://trolltech.com/products/qtopia/learnmore/screenshots4/?searchterm=screenshots) ?
To be honest, I think we are quite close already but you really need to
be more specific about what you mean.
> For me, the free community does not need (really) a new GUI library. It needs
> a good phone ! Our interest lies in having a nicely featured device available
> so that we hackers can release our creativity and write apps that users like
> and not - yet again - re-invent the wheel to start all over again. And for
> what ? For a theme ? For true GPL ? ...
The primary aim of the OpenMoko project and the Neo1973 is to create a
software platform and a device that are entirely Free in the spirit of
the Free Software movement. See
<http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html> for a definition of this. I
don't think we need "just another phone", we need one that embraces the
ideals of the Free Software movement. This way we will be creating
something truly unique and valuable.
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