Community contributions to core apps & features. (Was: Terminalfor ASU)

steve steve at
Mon Jul 28 01:49:32 CEST 2008

   The other day I counted my emails. I had well over 2000. You see, every
email that goes to  openmoko comes to me.
    I read each of these. 
   If you want to start a wiki about OM. Sean is the CEO, I am the VP of
marketing, Wolfgang is the VP of Engineering. we announced this a long
   while ago in the press.   
If you address a question to me I will route it in due course.


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[mailto:community-bounces at] On Behalf Of rakshat hooja
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2008 3:51 AM
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Subject: Re: Community contributions to core apps & features. (Was:
Terminalfor ASU)

It is already linked from the front page, but clearly from not those
places it should be from :)

But you have good points. Openmoko is open, but its development is not
exposed in the open as much as I'd like for an open source project to
be. The Openmoko folks are still a bit "mysterious" to me, with the
exception of the few who regularly post on these mailing lists.

I think the line between Openmoko employee and a contributing, trusted
community member should be made more fuzzy. More SVN / GIT rights to
the people, more contributing directly to
instead of just "external" projects at etc. 

You are right but I think that the problem lies in the fact that Openmoko
has not been able to provide any entry point where new people joining the
list (after the release of the freerunner) can figure out who and where to
ask what question. The Openmoko people are pretty open and if you will ask
for something long enough you will get an answer/ access from them. Michael
Shiloh of Openmoko used to interface with the community and answer their
questions after getting the information from the developers in a regular
community update. I think Steve and Michael still do that? Maybe we should
have a page on the wiki describing who does what at Openmoko and who to
address what question to and also an introductory email for new subscribers
listing out similar things. 

It has been almost an year since I wrote my first email to Openmoko
(actually to Sean  to which Michael Shiloh replied) I can assure you that
Openmoko people try their "hardest" to be open and responsive to community
suggestions/ questions. But often it takes time for the question/ request to
reach the correct person who can answer it / respond to it. 


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