FreeRunner delayed a further 6 months?!?!??

Michael Shiloh michael at
Sun Mar 16 20:04:06 CET 2008

Christoph Witzany wrote:
> JW schrieb:
>> On 16/03/2008, "Marco Trevisan (Treviño)" <mail at> wrote:
>>>  So please, give us some words about delays if there are any...
>> NO!
>> 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, 

This is not our intention at all. Mass production will start as soon as 
we have verified the hardware. The only software we require will be that 
required to verify the hardware, e.g. drivers, testing utilities, etc.

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 
> projects.
> 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.
> regards
> Christoph
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