Back to the basics: improving user experience

Vasco Névoa vasco.nevoa at
Thu Oct 16 17:58:15 CEST 2008

I can see there are at least 2 distinct types of user of OM:
A - "I need a working phone now, the uber-cool PDA stuff can wait";
B - "OM is a groundbreaking project, I don't care about telephony,  
let's press the revolution!"
As much as I am divided among the two views, I think OM must oblige to  
its responsibility towards the users who have paid for their hardware,  
and keep its promise of a working phone.

I don't think that making the core system work (including a little  
hacking of the Qtopia stuff) is a waste of time; any insight that is  
gained here can immediately be applied to FSO. OM2008.x will simply  
serve as a real-world testbed (one that is everyday usable!). When FSO  
comes along, it will already have the necessary corrections...

Citando Didier Raboud <didier at>:

> Vasco Névoa wrote:
>> I agree with you partly; the main efforts should go into getting the
>> new framework out - *as long as it runs on a rock-solid core system*.
>> So I support the idea of accelerating the FSO integration... but in
>> the meantime people have to use the sucking Qtopia ware in their
>> everyday life, because there is no realistic alternative. FSO is still
>> very incomplete at the user level.
>> Today, the "complete" system is not reliable and the reliable system
>> is not complete at all.
>> If you fix the core and qtopia now, everybody gets a working phone,
>> and FSO gets a more reliable development core. You favor the users,
>> which are the noisier people. ;)
>> If you jump start FSO into main distro, there will still not exist a
>> complete system that can be used everyday. You favor the developers,
>> who could wait a little more (but not long!) and ARE ALSO USERS.
>> So please just make it work solidly, and then integrate FSO. :)
> Well... I would rather let a bit more freedom to the team :
> if you (as in "the team which will make the iFoan obsolete") think that
> breaking useability or functionality or anything else could serve the
> cause : do it !
> Please decide your roadmap and make it public !
> I (personnally) don't care if I am not able to use my Neo as a phone (and
> anything else possible) for 2-3-4-5 months : I have a working phone. BUT,
> what I would like to know is _when_  I will get _what_ functionality.
> I you think that breaking the whole stuff for a moment will serve a precise
> goal, please do it !
> Regards,
> OdyX
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