GTA02 Release Date

Stephen Pape srpape at
Mon Apr 7 09:16:16 CEST 2008

My intention wasn't a comparison of the iPhone to the Neo. I do run Linux at
home and at my office for our servers, I don't even dual boot with Windows
anymore because I don't see any reason to use it.  I'm well aware of the
differences. All I was remarking on is that the iPhone is probably the "next
best thing", especially if they offer a SDK.

The problem I have with this project is that for a long time we were without
any information or updates. For quite a while, communication was dead. The
big example I already gave, people were expecting the phone to come out in
October, even well into the month. That shouldn't happen. If it's going to
be delayed, fine, but don't go past your deadline and THEN tell people its
going to be months later. Even more strange is that we thought we were so
close, within the month, yet here we are 6 months later, with no idea when
it will be released.

Now, lately it seems we're getting some updates, but I still get a general
sense of confusion about the state of the project when I read through emails
on the list. We still don't really have any goal date, as far as I know.

My concerns don't really have anything to do with the iPhone directly. I'm
not questioning which will be a better choice for me, but again, it's really
the only comparable phone that I see available.

On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 1:04 AM, Michele Renda <michele.renda at>

> I have a question:
> who never wrote an email like this when the iphone project was in
> progress?
> Answer: No one.
> Why? Because the Apple keep all the project under a very strict secret
> until all was ready. No one know about it and when it went out all was happy
> to have a customer ready phone. So no one had to cry because the Iphone had
> delay because no one knew about it.
> Openmoko decided to took another decision: it decided to share the develop
> process with the comunity: this mean that before to be ready for production
> it will be released in different preview only version.
> Then you have to choose: you 'd like to stay under a bad "democracy" or in
> a good "monarchy"? you are free to choose. If you want a democracy this are
> the issue you will meet: developer only version, bug that will be corrected
> only on time,  etc. etc.
> I you like more a monarchy buy an Iphone: it will run soon, is already in
> production, has some complete application, and has a very big firm that
> support it.
> The biggest error that some people do is that they thing Openmoko ==
> Iphone: FALSE
> Are two different devices, with two different target. In the same way how
> Linux != Windows
> And they have different potentiality: freedom has a cost :)
> So before to buy a freerunner, please think well on what you need. May be
> you need something else, or is better you will buy in the future. But if you
> decide to buy, please keep in mind which are the objective of what you buy.
> Best regards
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