The forbidden topic: Glamo OpenGL

Tim Dobson lists at
Sat Nov 15 03:14:35 CET 2008

Wolfgang Spraul wrote:
> Openmoko actually has learnt a lot from this. First we have learnt to  
> not trust high-level promises as much as before.
> In fact I would go as far as saying that going forward, we will not  
> trust any promises about 'we will open this up later' anymore.
> Either it's open and documented at the time we make the decision to  
> use those chips, or we look elsewhere.
> I believe that's what our customers want.

I read in the development list archive a big discussion about whether 
customers/enduser/developers would accept non-free bits to things like 
the wifi.

I didn't subscribe because the list is very developer orientated so I 
don't know what the end result was, however I hope, in light of this 
thread, someone can reveal it ended favourably. :)

> We have a long way to go to come out with kick-ass open phone  
> hardware, but if our community doesn't loose faith and continues to do  
> development together with us, we'll get there. The momentum we have  
> built with the Freerunner is awesome. Please continue to buy  
> Freerunners and to develop for it, same is happening internally. The  
> next phones will build on top of the free platform we have built  
> together, the technology investment will carry over.

Keep doing what you are doing, there are problems, there will continue 
to be problems... lets not get demoralised but look forward to GTA 3 (do 
what you can but try not to let my hair turn grey first! ;) ) and if 
anything can be done about the glamo chip by engaging smedia, I would 
love openmoko to give it a try. :)

If there is anything people who aren't skilled developers, who have no 
money(!), can do other than what we are already doing, please let us 
know.  :)

Finally, thanks for engaging with the community it's nice to get some 
feedback even if it isn't all good news[1].



[1] I *would* be really interested to know Openmoko's original projected 
sales figures for GTA02 and current sales so far! I guess this probably 
isn't possible but nobody gets hurt asking!

If each of us have one object, and we exchange them, then each of us
still has one object.
If each of us have one idea, and we exchange them, then each of us now
has two ideas.   -  George Bernard Shaw

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