Visibility in Open Source

Peter Kraker peter.kraker at
Sun Apr 20 12:53:00 CEST 2008

I agree, ie.: Nokia N95 doubled the amount of RAM eliminating much of 
the performance problems, much later and we're not talking about mere 
thousand phones sold before.
Also problem with LED power draw was said to be fixable and you were 
given a choice," wait for next revision" or "not" (uncharacteristic 
piece of information for any company you have to admit). You can't 
really ask that OpenMoko guys just throw away all A5s simply because you 
want last tiny winy flaw fixed. As long as all modules work as they 
should, within specified parameters it's a go.

Best regards
Peter Kraker

Dale Schumacher pravi:
> The recent responses to possible issues with the GTA02v5 is a perfect 
> illustration of why many companies will not open their process.  As 
> Mikko and others have pointed out, THERE ARE NO PERFECT PRODUCTS.  
> With a closed company, YOU simply don't know about "known" defects, 
> future improvements, etc.  So you happily buy their current products 
> and they happily go on making the trade-off between the risk of 
> negative publicity caused by discovery of their flaws and the profits 
> they are making by keeping you ignorant of problems they don't want to 
> fix.
> If you want to hear the truth, you must be prepared for the fact that 
> you might not like some of the things you hear.  OM is doing a 
> WONDERFUL job of keeping all of us informed and disclosing details 
> that scare most other companies.  The trade-off they are making is 
> between the improvements that they want to make (a never-ending list) 
> and the demand from the market (that's us) to get a useful product in 
> our hands.  The product currently under production is clearly 
> useful--with or without LED current issues--and OM has decided that 
> it's ready to go to market.  We should all support their decision 
> rather than complaining about small defects, known or 
> yet-to-be-discovered.  The product will always be improving.  I'm 
> ready to start using it NOW.
> As an example from another area, consider the books on your 
> bookshelf.  With each printing minor corrections are made.  Does that 
> mean you should not buy a "first edition, first printing" copy?  How 
> long should you wait?  When will it be "perfect"?
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