Some thoughts about the real importanted dates for OpenMoko/Neo1973 3GSM World 2007 Barcelona this year ...Re: Developers phone also fit for early adopters?

Gervais Mulongoy gervais.mulongoy at
Fri Jan 26 17:44:41 CET 2007

I have to admit that I kind of agree with Marcus, especially in terms of
leveraging the free marketing that will happen from an early release.

But in order to do this properly, we need to better organize the OpenMoko
support infrastructure.

Support will be required for:
* Hardware issues
* Core software applications
* Software stack issues

Marcus, how do you propose this will be done?

I think we need to first leverage the community to create a support
infrastructure with at least the following minimum requirements:
* a Bug/Feature tracking system per component of the software stack to track
* a Wiki which we can use to create the HOWTOs, FAQs, and other guides which
we can publish in PDF (or whatever) as manuals etc.

What do you think about that?

On 1/25/07, Marcus Bauer <marcus.bauer at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-01-26 at 03:42 +0100, Robert Michel wrote:
> > I don't think that people buy a new phone to going on holiday with the
> > new phone - AFAIK the most phones are sold November-January.
> People buy phones all year round. And those that do so before their
> holidays will come back and make perfect mouth-to-mouth propaganda. And
> when November comes the others will base their buying decision on
> exactly that. It is perfect leverage at zero cost that you miss out.
> I bet that in the christmas season 2008 (not this year) you will have
> plenty of phones with GPS and VGA screens. And plenty of big companies
> throwing big marketing dollars at it.
> > After the flame ware GNU Linux I fear the next flame on this list.
> > Marcus your sound was absolutly childish, ego-based and unproductive.
> Not at all. The best thing that could happen is a success of OpenMoko
> and FIC. Waiting with the phone until after the summer season is a huge
> loss in free marketing. Just keep my mail and re-read it in two years.
> > On the long term for nobody of us is it important to start in January,
> > or March
> That's not true. It is a waste of first mover advantage. Once Google
> comes out with a phone (unless they buy from FIC and use OpenMoko) the
> market gets really tight.
> Marcus
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