[Android] Converting a brick into a phone

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at 1407.org
Wed Dec 10 16:18:06 CET 2008

Am I completely daft or isn't the focus on FSO and Paroli et all
precisely what you're whining about?

If you have to whine, do so at serious problems like the White Screen of
Death (which is now apparently solved, at least worksforme).

Each time fubar at openmoko.com wastes answering an email like this are
several minutes less of his/hers time giving you what you want :)


On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 04:03:22PM +0100, Giorgio Marci wrote:
> I'm completly agree with Rui.
> The fact is that today, after several months, we have a phone that is not
> (yet) fully working.
> As my experience i tried all the distributions and the better one (in my
> very personal opinion) is the SHR
> that (unfortunately) doesn't include a phone calls manager, an sms
> manager (a decent one), a profile
> configurator (ring tone, and other stuffs) and a lot of other
> things..they are following the right way,
>  but they need time and in the meanwhile our phones are fully of dust!!
> There is the necessity to focus our effort in the development of a
> distribution that could
> be usable (i.e. android) in order to have (finally) a fully working daily
> phone!!
> This is the priority.
> I don't have expercience with low level programming, but i know java as
> well and
> if i could i'd like to help to achieve this goal as soon as possible.
> Giorgio
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: "Rui Castro"
>   To: "List for Openmoko community discussion"
>   Subject: [Android] Converting a brick into a phone
>   Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:58:43 +0000
>   Hi,
>   Like many people in this community I have my Neo resting comfortably
>   in my desk because there isn't a stable OS with the basic phone
>   funcionalities available at the moment (I already tried all the
>   distributions available). Some distributions provide some of the
>   basic
>   stuff, but they're not reliable in many ways.
>   Today I read a message from Wolfgang Spraul in the thread about the
>   end of the Optimization Team that got me worried "The way things are
>   going right now, we will probably have this release mid-next year.".
>   Well, I think this is very bad. Electronic equipment, like
>   phones/computers, become outdated in a very short period of time
>   (GTA03 is already being created). By the mid-next year Neo will be
>   pretty much an old phone and nobody really used it, yet.
>   I think Android is the best candidate to turn the Neo into a daily
>   usable phone right away. It has all the basic (and not so basic)
>   applications, it has a good usability, good looks and the number of
>   users/applications will grow very rapidly in the next months, I
>   think.
>   The current state of the Android port for Neo is already very
>   encoraging and with a little effort from the community (and Openmoko
>   people) Android could be fully functional in the Freerunner in a
>   couple of weeks.
>   Sean McNeil has been doing a great work, but as I see it, he is
>   basically the only one working on the low level problems. My personal
>   experience is more at the application level (Java), but with a little
>   guidance I'm willing to help in any way.
>   What I would like to see is some sort of list of things to do and how
>   could the people from the community help doing them.
>   I don't have much experience with open-souce projects, maybe I'm the
>   only one that doesn't know how to help. If this is the case, please
>   forgive this message :)
>   Best regards,
>   Rui
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