Stop talking about hardware!

Matt Manjos matt at
Wed Apr 16 20:47:18 CEST 2008

Hehe yeah no hard feelings. I was just being a smartass about people
making their own injection molded cases.

I agree that there have been a lot of people talking here, as well as
on the wiki (see:
), about hardware dreams that are very very VERY unlikely to happen.

Lately, the hardware-to-software discussion ratio has tipped a little
too much in favor of the former, but I anticipate a complete, sudden
turnaround overnight once the first GTA02's get into the hands of
software devs. In the first month after the Freerunner is shipped,
some people may be complaining that we're not talking about future
hardware enough anymore!


On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Tilman Baumann <tilman at> wrote:
> Matt Manjos wrote:
> > I guess people could get it airbrushed if it was a matte plastic case,
> > maybe shipped with primer already painted on it.
> >
> > Seems like a lot of work, but it would really fit well with the whole
> > customization thing.
> >
> > Maybe FIC could start selling DIY at-home plastic injection molding kits,
> too ;)
> >
>  Yea right.
>  As if it would not be hard enough to get the phone selling. :)
>  Come one people. You you need anything in hardware, then make it
> yourselves!
>  Openmoko is piggybacking on a existing design at Fic. They can and will not
> change this any more.
>  If alternative cases are such a good idea. Why can't i buy one now?
>  If you think it is reasonable to ask Fic to do it, then first ask
> yourselves; Can you make a business on it?
>  Then you will see that a bunch of crazy hackers is not a big marked. And
> hardware is expensive to fabricate.
>  We can be lucky that Fic recognises us as customers with certain needs. And
> they make a good job in meeting them.
>  As i understood, Fic is in the last testing phases for the hardware. They
> and we can be happy if they even make it nearly to the planned deadline.
>  So please. Can we all stop asking for hardware changes if we don't
> absolutely want to make themselves?
>  I have seen so much hot air regarding this. I can not longer hear it!
>  If you want to change something, take the initiative.
>  Or put you effort into the software, it needs it. Really!
>  PS: Sorry Matt. I know it was only sarcasm. I just needed to get this off
> my chest before i burst even harder. I could not longer bear to hear pipe
> dreams about hardware.
>  Hardware makes (almost?) 90% of the discussions here and it is the only
> thing where we had very limited freedom for change from the beginning and
> even less now since the device is almost ready for mass fabrication.
>  Regards
>   Tilman
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