[openmoko-announce] Openmoko on Design

papa-piet neo.freerunner at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 31 11:36:52 CEST 2008

> It seems to me from my former-product-mananger perspective that OpenMoko doesn't really want to be in the software business. 
> I'm sensing a business model that has OpenMoko focussing on selling general-purpose computing hardware (like Dell or ASUS). but in a handheld format, and letting the "community" or some third party (like Trolltech/Nokia) deal with the software issues, for the most part. 
> Obviously they need to ship the phone with *something*, so they're betting on Qtopia-over-X11, which seems a solidly good choice.
> The one very big problem with this model, is that Dell and ASUS have very mature, end-user-ready software suites (Ubuntu, Windoze, etc.) to ship with their hardware or for users to add on their own, and the OpenMoko doesn't really have that yet.
> This will get sorted out though. I'd bet on about two years from now it'll all be squared away.
> -ken
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Hey Ken, Hey Community,

this is also my interpretation, Openmoko is trying only to to open up a
building site, *WE* have to build our houses and factories, anybody
expecting more than infrastructure is still bound to products before NEO
and before Openmoko.


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