FreeRunner delayed a further 6 months?!?!??
mail at doublemalt.net
Sun Mar 16 13:08:50 CET 2008
> On 16/03/2008, "Marco Trevisan (Treviño)" <mail at 3v1n0.net> wrote:
>> So please, give us some words about delays if there are any...
> You don't get these words from Openmoko
> You already know what you get
> 1) full access to kernel/dev discussions - you should make your own
> mind up on what these mean for timescale...
> 2) Following announcement (prev by M Shiloh)
Well that would be all fine if one needs the Freerunner privately as a
phone and for that I would gladly wait ;).
However in my case the Freerunner should constitute the platform for a
project of my PhD thesis, so a few months up and down _do_ matter. If
the Freerunner is available to developers only in August, I'll have to
look elsewhere for a appropriate platform, as much as it would pain me.
The suggestion to make my mind up reading kernel discussions is not very
helpful and might even be considered mockery. I'm sure someone in the
core kernel team has a general idea about the stability and matureness
of the hardware platform, and can at least tell if it is realistic that
developers get their hands on a device until May 1st (given the
inevitable time offset for mass production).
Maybe however FIC decides to start mass production only when software
maturity is in sight, which would make sense to them, but would severely
hinder the building of a community since 1. the Neo1973 is sold out and
2. it lacks many nifty features that could inspire novel and interesting
I know that in hardware design show stoppers can lurk behind every
corner, but I would appreciate if *someone* familiar with the current
status of the hardware and/or FICs policy towards releasing developer
devices could suggest a date when we could order it *IF* everything goes
according to plan as of march 16th.
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