Sean: Please authorise the release of GTA01 schematics

Joerg Reisenweber joerg at
Sat Aug 2 11:48:26 CEST 2008

Am So  20. Juli 2008 schrieb Rod Whitby:
> Sean,
> Now that the FreeRunner is selling like hotcakes, and your hardware and 
> software teams must focus on it to ensure that it succeeds in the 
> market, and the GTA01 Neo1973 is no longer in production or being sold 
> by Openmoko or its distributors, surely it's the perfect time to release 
> the GTA01 hardware schematics?
> This would send a clear message to the community and the whole mobile 
> ecosystem that Openmoko is a company that doesn't leave it's customers 
> in the lurch when it brings out a replacement product like closed 
> ecosystem companies do, but that Openmoko is a company that wants it's 
> customers to continue to impact the material world with *all* of it's 
> products - past, present and future - for many years into the future.
> Allow the amateurs to continue to have the distinct advantage over the 
> professionals even years after the professionals have moved onto the 
> next piece of hardware.  Imagine a world where new uses for 10 year old 
> Openmoko hardware are still being found, because the schematics for 
> previous generation products are always released when Openmoko ceases to 
> produce or sell that product.  Imagine how much wider the impact of 
> Openmoko can be if older products are not thrown in the bin due to lack 
> of information availabe to repair them, but are instead repaired by 
> people in the community or amateur ecosystem and then put back into 
> service to continue to spread the word about the clear advantage that 
> open source has over the closed ecosystem.
> Sean, please release the hardware schematics and pcb layout and 
> component placements for the GTA01.
> Let the GTA01 run free and continue to impact the material world.
> Respectfully,
> -- Rod Whitby

PCB-layout is a little difficult to release - this is a multilayer PCB.
Component placement 01/02 TBD.
Schematics 01 TBD.
Needs some prettyprinting first. Also there are NDA-issues with TI Calypso. 
Those parts of schematics we mustn't release you may find elsewhere though 
(heard sth about Chinese books on cellphones ;)

Stay assured we won't forget on GTA01 owners.
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