A brief summary from LinuxWorld
michael at openmoko.org
Fri Aug 8 06:39:22 CEST 2008
Jeffrey Malone wrote:
> I was one of many volunteers that showed up to help out OpenMoko at
> their two booths at LinuxWorld here in San Francisco over the past three
> Speaking from my "officially uninformed" status, I would say that the
> entire event was a huge success. Both booths always seemed crowded --
> attracting far more people than our neighbours. A lot of people were
> just learning about the phone, while many others were well aware of the
> effort, and had been anxiously watching its progression towards a device
> that could actually be used on a day to day basis.
> Despite the overall meagre display that the phones could manage, they
> made quite a good impression amongst the attendees. (Qtopia, 2007.2,
> ASU/2008.08 and FSO were all shown in parallel)
> To the confusion of the booth staff, we somehow ended up with two Neo
> Freerunners in Neo 1973 cases -- so those who see pictures from the
> show, don't be fooled by the case, they were Freerunners.
> The people interested in the phone seemed to cover all demographics one
> would expect to find at LinuxWorld (a few I didn't expect to find), and
> the far majority had a bit of enthusiasm once they realised just what a
> open phone can do. People from various news websites were often around,
> and there are even some articles already up:
> The PC Magazine one even shows my phone's IMEI (yay, hehe), and the GPS
> hardware fix -- which was done before I recieved the phone.
> I myself managed to meet quite a few interesting people, including
> fellow local users trying to form a San Francisco users' group:
> With any luck, there will be quite a few new faces around to further
> help with development, and bring the software platform up to par with
> the feature-rich hardware platform. It seemed to me that a lot of the
> "right" people had their interest piqued, so let's just hope they have
> $400 burning a whole in their pocket, and spare time to-boot.
> Jeffrey Malone
Thanks for your great summary, and thanks for your help at the booth.
You, and the other community volunteers, were a great asset. Not only
did it give us the flexibility to have lengthy conversations with
people, but we also made it clear how involved the community is.
More information about the community