Some commentary on the new Openmoko direction, and a review of FSO

Lorn Potter lpotter at
Thu Aug 7 20:03:18 CEST 2008

Wolfgang Spraul wrote:
> Dear Kevin,
> thanks for writing your review, for us at Openmoko nothing is better  
> than a genuine reality check from outside.
> Executive summary first: I understand that we have not done a very  
> good job at communicating our software strategy, and I accept  
> responsibility for that.
> In detail, let me go through some of your comments:
> ---1
>  > The ASU was a proof-of-concept image that combined Qtopia,  
> Enlightenment and GTK
> I would say it's more than proof-of-concept. When Qtopia became fully  
> GPL in November last year, we looked at it technically. Trolltech  
> published great binary images for the Neo 1973 but we couldn't  
> immediately use them because Qtopia ran on the framebuffer not on X,  
> and we did not want to give up GTK+. By February, we had come to the  
> conclusion that porting Qtopia onto X, retaining GTK+ support, would  
> be technically feasible for Openmoko. 

The is technically wrong. Trolltech had already done the 'porting to X' 
work as an experiment/internal demo.

Lorn 'ljp' Potter
Software Engineer, Systems Group, Trolltech, a Nokia company

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