Openness (was RE: Concern for usability and ergonomics)

Christopher Tokarczyk christopher.tokarczyk at
Tue Jun 12 19:30:47 CEST 2007

 I agree definitely with the parts that I excerpted below from what John
said, and would further like to point out what I personally see as one of
the major strengths of this project: To show the world and other device
makers that there can be a market for open mobile devices/phones. Of course
this phone isn't going to be perfect or meet everyone's needs, but a
successful neo means a better chance for OTHER open devices on which to run
openmoko/software of one's choosing, beyond the revisions made to the neo.

One of the things I've seen while lurking on the list is the propensity for
> people to want Neo to be *exactly* what they want for their particular
> niche
> market/use. Whether or not it has a camera. Whether the accelerometers in
> GTA02 are accurate enough for inertial nav. Etc...

. . .

This project is a unique collaboration between a manufacturer and open
> source. Let them do what they need to do to make the manufacturing
> decisions
> for their company. And thank them for the access they are giving within an
> industry that is extremely closed.
> By all means give them feedback, tell them your desires, etc.  But please
> don't complain at them when they let you know that the GTA02 isn't the end
> of the line. That they're working on follow-up models. That they didn't
> put
> your must-have feature in the next rev.
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