Ask Sean Moss-Pultz about community matters

Didier Raboud didier at
Mon Dec 15 18:30:09 CET 2008

Timo Juhani Lindfors wrote:

> "Yorick Moko" <yorickmoko at> writes:
>> * It's still more reliable and easy to use a 20EUR cellphone than use
>> the FR as a daily phone, more than six months after Openmoko said it
>> was mass market ready. I love the FR, but should we admit that some
>> things really went wrong? (for example working on a graphical
>> installer app before telephony worked fine, or when everyone was
>> craving for the qwerty button (I never heard even one user who said he
>> didn't want it) and nobody listened? Will things change?
> I realize you are asking Sean but I can't resist giving my own
> opinion: I've been thinking along the same lines. However, the
> workaround to GSM bug #1024 was really not easy to discover (it relied
> on undocumented AT command that afaik was not even in the NDA'd source
> code openmoko people have access to). Also, the wlan issues required
> deep kernel knowledge. Asking people who do pretty UIs to stop before
> these are resolved probably does not do much good since they could not
> help with the lower level stuff anyway?

Wrong people? Change people!

I mean: for me, Openmoko made a mistake by hiring GUI people instead of
kernel ones at the beginning.

My questions would then be:

* Do you (as Openmoko's CEO) consider that mistakes have been made in the
hiring process (in terms of goals and so in terms of capabilities, not in
terms of persons) ?
        * If so, what have you done or what will you do to correct these mistakes?
        * If not, where are the mistakes (if there are after all)?



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