Openmoko on Design
stroller at stellar.eclipse.co.uk
Tue Jul 29 12:20:29 CEST 2008
On 29 Jul 2008, at 09:23, Marcus Bauer wrote:
> Openmoko should concentrate on kernel and driver work, power
> and working hardware and a basic set of apps. ...
As Openmoko push more open hardware out the door, people will come
running to do cool stuff on it.
It's the "blue sky" talk of "evoking innovation", "actualizing
contributions" and "imagination resources" that is building
excitement about Openmoko and leading to disappointment.
Honestly, if Openmoko said "the Freerunner is a free, open, Linux-
based mobile phone that runs Trolltech's good old Qtopia phone
software" then people would still be queuing up to buy it.
"oh, and by the way we're also developing some software of our own
and you can try the open alpha if you want to" would be better than
this "building the future" sort of stuff - although the latter phrase
strictly indicates "it's not ready yet", it's far more evocative and
emotional. We think we see our dreams *today* - no wonder people are
peeved when they're dashed.
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