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

Michael Shiloh michael at
Wed Mar 19 19:07:14 CET 2008

Kevin Dean wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 8:38 PM, Michael Shiloh <michael at> wrote:
>> Hi Lally,
>>  This is clearly my responsibility, and in fact there is such a page:
>>  I confess I have been lax in the past few months and have not updated
>>  since January, but the status is in fact the same as it was then.
> I've been meaning to e-mail you personally about thing bugging me but
> this conversation very vaguely touches on some, so I'll enter it here.
> :)
> We, the "openmoko community" demand you communicate with us. We
> complain when you don't. The flip side is true with us, however. You
> can't be expected to communicate to us about the things that matter
> unless we tell you clearly WHAT matters.
> I think this shows on both sides, however that there are clear
> communication issues.
> One thing mentioned in the IRC chat several days ago was a notice on
> telling people of the impending Freerunner
> "debut". As it is RIGHT now, people interested in supporting OpenMoko
> are being turned away, but you're providing no curiosity pique for
> those people to return at a later date to make a purchase. Lally
> raises the point of the "community" responding here with a "read the
> topic" response but OMi should really be directing how they want that
> handled. Do you want interested persons to turn to IRC and ask a
> question we're "all" tired of answering, or have those interested
> people be put on a mailing list to be informed when they MAY spend
> their money on this project?
> I don't presume to tell you how to do anything, and I'm not even
> dropping the implication of incompleteness or incompetance here, but
> OpenMoko at this point DOES have a fledgling brand identity and it is
> in the interest of both the project AND the company to ensure that
> what is said "in the name of" OpenMoko is indeed reflected by aims of
> the project.
>>  There is some confusion as to whether A5 is known to be inadequate and
>>  whether A6 will be a necessity. I am trying to get to the bottom of this.
> Some people understand what this means, and some people do not. Gnome
> devs need to sometimes remember that there's dealing with people who
> can't tell a cursor from a config file. :) Openness mean sometimes
> admitting when someoen doesn't know something. Even saying "I've sent
> out some e-mails but haven't gotten anything I can share" means
> something. Of all of the people on the IRC channel at any given say, I
> know several of them are NOT subscribed to this list. What this means
> is that "updates" are spread by word of mouth and evolve with every
> telling of the news.
> I'm under the impression that OMi just hired someoen who's sole job
> will be to organizize the Wiki and make sure that the information is
> either up-to-date or clearly marked "out of date". The goal here will
> be to clear out the dead content and grow new content but the VAST
> majority of people don't know that this person has been hired, and
> even fewer of us have access to the company directory to e-mail her a
> question - this kind of development is (for some) as important as
> knowing of the some transistor is vital or just "helpful for the
> future".

Good points, Kevin. I will respond more fully subsequently.


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