openmoko roadmap

Kevin Dean kevin at
Wed Apr 16 20:57:30 CEST 2008

Speaking realistically, it's impossible for Openmoko to reveal that
information and no have it hurt sales, for EXACTLY the reason you
mentioned. As a support (and Neo1973 owner) I debated with this
myself. Why pay for a phone today when I KNOW the "newer" model is
around the corner?

At the same time, Openmoko walked right into this since NOT revealing
this is going to levy charges of "You're not being open like you said
you would."

Frankly, I want a phone powered by Free Software. If Openmoko needs to
conceal future product plans to ensure that, so be it.

In a little bit of a less "objective" based answer and a more "reality
based" answer:

Openmoko Inc. is a "young" company. So far they've not released their
debut product to the market they intend to. In a very real way, how
well Freerunner does will deterime what, if ANYTHING, happens to
future products that Openmoko kicks out. If they make 100x more units
than they sell, there won't BE a "next time".

Simple, concise and efficient answer: If you want a GTA03, buy a
GTA02. Failure to do so is failure to ensure there will be a future

On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer
<mickey at> wrote:
> On Wednesday 16 April 2008 20:20:44 Peter Abplanalp wrote:
>  > with the release of the freerunner coming up, i'm wondering about the
>  > roadmap and future for openmoko and additional phones.  i'm an advanced
>  > linux user but have no experience with openmoko or the cell phone platform
>  > and thus i'm wondering if the the freerunner is the phone for me or not
>  > seeing as how what i've read on this list is that the freerunner is still
>  > an "advanced user" phone.  does anyone at openmoko know when we might
>  > expect the next phone after the freerunner?  if it is going to be more than
>  > a year or so, i think i want to get a freerunner but if the next phone
>  > would be a year or less away, i may wait.
>  I don't think Om Inc. will take the risk of repeating the potential Osborne
>  effect. Last time it already did enough damage.
>  :M:
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