new iphone - not interested at all

Robert Schuster theBohemian at
Mon Jun 2 10:13:13 CEST 2008

I for one am completely blind when it comes to proprietary technology
nowadays. I am not interested in any device that offers substantially
less freedom than what is provided by OpenMoko. 'Proprietariness' is
kind of zero factor for me: Multiplied with any cool feature factor it
will cause *zero* exciteness.

Additionally I am also not interested anymore in devices that need to be
hacked, reverse engineered or lack important drivers (e.g. power

When it comes to proprietary devices I am also *much* more concerned
about environmental pollution: After all a device that implements its
maker's vision and cannot be freed from it anytime becomes useless when
the next generation appears. If you are a manufacturer of such a device
do mother nature a favor and leave the silicon, oil, copper and whatever
resources you need for it under earth's surface!

Call me free software zealot, GNU hippy or RMS biggest admirer but this
is my opinion and everyone is completely free to disagree. I have a life
to live (and enjoy) and will not accept random people misusing software
to decide what I can do and what not.


Christian Benke schrieb:
> Good evening!
> So who of you is thinking about buying the new iphone instead of an
> openmoko in case the technical specs really improve(3G, better
> resolution)? 
> I'd love to have a open smartphone, but there are so many compromises
> with the openmoko project(hardware lacks, formfactor,
> unfinished software) and the timing for the release is bad unfortunately
> (on the other side the people interested in openmoko are not
> necessarily interested in the iphone - However, i guess there will be
> some people who drop the idea of buying a moko after next weeks apple
> conference...) 
> I feel bad about this decision, i'm not willing to use proprietary
> software anywhere in my environment, neither work nor private, but the
> hardware side of the iphone is presumably better(3G, bigger screen) and
> the software is just _ready_. I'm kind of in a dilemma right now, on
> the one hand i know i'll hate the closeness of OSX at some point (Just
> like it happened with Windows 7 years ago) and would love to be able to
> do what i want with my smartphone, on the other hand i'm not a
> developer (i do some scripting but i'm far from any serious software
> hacking) and i don't have the skills to fix annoying bugs and will have
> to wait another few months till the software is in a useable state
> and a freerunner could get a expensive toy for me if development is not
> accelerating as fast as i expect it to after the release :-( 
> I guess the freerunner will not get available in the next week so i can
> still decide, probably i'm lucky and all the speculations about the
> iphone are untrue(only 3G is not a (OM-)dealbreaker for me) ;-)
> My favourite would still be a Nokia E70 with a useable linux-OS, i
> just loved the gullwing formfactor - if just Symbian wasn't such a
> crutch, and a bit more RAM would also not hurt on the E70...
> my 2 cents
> Christian
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