OpenMoko project future - Dreamliner vs. 737
Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
hns at computer.org
Tue Apr 8 08:16:01 CEST 2008
To all those who are frustrated.
First of all, please note the recent message from Steve that the
Freerunner is already in production rampup (PVT), i.e. the hardware
engineering phase is finished. Usually this means just weeks and no
longer months until sales can start.
But taking your picture of "liftoff", and knowing about all those
eagerly waiting members on this list who have expected something
different, I have worked on a solution for those who have different
needs than the Freerunner will fulfill.
The best result so far is sort of a "737" Open Linux PDA-Smartphone
(when compared to the Neo "Dreamliner"). While the alternate device
lacks WiFi, GPS, USB-Host and the latest kernels, it comes with
* Quadband (800/850/1800/1900)
* a 1.3Mpix camera
* a builtin telescpoe pen
* weights just 90g
* is mature (i.e. end-user ready incl. power management) and
* runs Qtopia (not the latest one) out of the box.
I am in discussion with the manufacturer about the SDK and the
limitations of openness. But what I have already tried with the sample
devices is that it is really possible to install and run Sharp Zaurus
binaries and cross-compile some code.
Since I don't know if discussing alternatives to the Openmoko fits
into the rules of this list, please send me a private mail (mailto:hns at computer.org
) if you are interested, or follow the links in the signature.
With kind regards,
PS: we plan to add both, the Freerunner and this alternate device to
our shop so you have more choice
Am 07.04.2008 um 23:58 schrieb Ron K. Jeffries:
> OpenMoko is a brilliant concept. I hope to buy a Freerunner
> when it's relatively safe to go in the water.
> Before we jump down the throats of those who express
> some frustration about how the release schedule has
> taken longer than we all hoped, here's my non-emotional
> comment in support of those who are frustrated.
> I do no know why, but the OpenMoko project
> (Hardware and software) objectively is dragging
> out. From the sidelines, it is difficult to judge
> whether this VIRTUOUS project will or will
> not achieve liftoff, or will crash off
> the end of the runway.
> yes, absolutely, developing in a fully open
> environment means everybody knows each
> and every wart along the way. Apple and Steve Jobs
> did not have that burden, nor do Nokia, or LG,
> Samsung, Motorola.
> BUT the OpenMoko project likely does not have
> enough financial capital and human
> resource to accomplish its lofty ambitions.
> I passionately hope I am TOTALLY WRONG. But the
> track record to date is "dodgy" at best.
> Ron K. Jeffries
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