early experince Freerunners w/ ASU load, vs. thousnads of Freeruners

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at gmail.com
Mon May 26 02:47:31 CEST 2008


I am well aware that we are MANY months away from Freerunner
being appropriate choice for an average "just a user."

But Steve has talked about "mass production" (starting soon...)
which I'd assume implies OpenMoko building a few thousands of Freerunners.

I am not asking about the relatively few "early experience" Freerunners that
Steve and Michael have evidently seeded out to a few trusted folks.

I may be misguided, but the quality of ASU load does not sound like
it's ready to flow out to a few thousand developers,
never mind how eager they are.

My guess:  OpenMoko is gathering feedback from the n=100 (???) early
experience Freerunner units, then they knocks down the nastiest bugs,
and THEN and only then open the spigot at the factory.

If it was me, I would only have built a few hundred so far, but they may
well have bigger balls than I do. ;)


From: Sebastian Reichel <elektranox at gmail.com>
To: List for Openmoko community discussion <community at lists.openmoko.org>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 22:26:53 +0200
Subject: Re: software load for first mfg run of Freerunner? Is ASU what


it was said some days ago in the mailing list, that ASU is not the
software which is shipped with the phone. But the first Freerunners,
which are shipped are still not for the average user - they are for
developers, which are able to update their phones.

Am Sonntag, den 25.05.2008, 12:35 -0700 schrieb Ron K. Jeffries:
> I am NOT asking if mass production has started.
> I am asking if OpenMoko has frozen a release to
> load into the microSD cards. It seems to me that the unit can come off
> the line, and that one of the final steps before packing would be to
> load the
> software.
> Is ASU "the* ship[ping s/w load?
> yes I know people can and will download new s/w.
> but you'd hope that the Freerunner as shipped would not
> require an immediate s/w reload.
> Or maybe I'm being too "old skool" ???
> --
> Ron K. Jeffries
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