At the risk of being flamed : State of software
giles.jones at zen.co.uk
Mon Aug 27 17:24:15 CEST 2007
On 27 Aug 2007, at 16:05, Attila Csipa wrote:
> Again, if you're a business and developing commercial software, the
> cost of a
> SDK means nothing to you - quite the contrary of the case if you are a
> tinkerer-open phone enthusiast. If you look closely at the
> licenses, you'll
> see that you only really need to pay for licenses and SDKs if you
> plan on
> developing proprietary, NON-GPL phone applications or you need
> support - nothing wrong with that either, IMO.
It means a heck of a lot if you can't earn back the outlay. Mobile
software isn't always that lucrative and there's pretty much no
installed userbase for the greenphone at present and probably won't
ever be a huge market. It's a take it or leave it colour, not a brand
people know and if the consumer pricing is like the developer version
it will cost too much.
GPS software is probably the killer application and the engines plus
map data cost even more.
Plus what if you get the SDK and then find the platform unworkable
simply because you don't get the available APIs you need?
> That's a precisely 100 Euros of difference, which is hardly twice
> the cost...
You're not comparing like with like, since Openmoko gives you all the
source and freedom. You would need full commercial licence of the
greenphone to get similar freedom.
Not to mention the OpenMoko has some better components, plus GPS. The
cost of the greenphone isn't justified, its hardware is like average
HTC (but with touch screen).
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