Is Openmoko working on their 'back to basics' plan?

Dale Maggee antisol at
Sat Oct 25 07:38:53 CEST 2008


Thank you very much, it's reassuring to hear these updates and to know 
that you guys are indeed working on it. I think that you'll make alot of 
people very happy if you keep updates like this coming!

Don't let a couple of negative opinions worry you. Personally I've had 
times when I've screamed 'god damn OM!' to myself, although I do my best 
to refrain from making any negative comments like that in public because 
it's not constructive and I'd rather encourage you guys. But I think 
it's safe to say that many of us have been frustrated at one point or 
another by an apparent lack of progress towards a working phone in the 
past. Also, many of us were overjoyed when you made the 'back to basics' 
announcement, and therefore can't wait to see some results.

Keeping us in the loop with whatever you can, even if it's very minimal, 
will stop people from being impatient and frustrated. This update is a 
very good thing, and I hope to see more of these updates (or, better, 
images / updated software!) as often as you can manage it! :)


P.S: Boot time reduced by one minute already?!? nice work! :O

John Lee wrote:
> Dear community,
> And please read my comment below.  I have to say I don't like opinions
> like this but I will take it as a result of high expectation.  We will
> keep sending to the public list once we have something, commit to
> public scm, etc. but we certainly won't do _weekly_ release.  For now
> please be patient and let the engineers work.
> Now for the status update this week:
> Tick merged the qtopia echo patch (#1267), it works, no echo but the
> audio sounds a little bit less 'vivid' (not sure if this is the right
> word).  He is now working on the touch screen usage, see
> Olv and Erin is working on reducing boot time.  Currently it's reduced
> from 2:35 (Om2008.9) to around 1:40.  One minute less in one week, and
> Olv just got back from hospital last Monday.  We will merge this into
> OE once we get it organized properly.
> Jeremy is working together with kernel guy (aka Matt Hsu) to look into
> the possible improvement, namely take a screenshot and show it first
> during resume.  It's a common technique in mobile phone.
> Julian is working on the python loader.  He is new to python but he
> got very good helps here in the office such as Guillaume, etc.  He
> still got some distro work to finish so it's going to take a while
> before he can work full time on this.
> Currently we have a major blocker #2071.  It can be solved by update
> EFL, but no icons will show up in illume.  This seems to be a
> different bug, but we are having an evas-native related issue on the
> build server so the EFL packages are not updated correctly in
>  This prevents people from confirming it and
> fire another bug.
> EFL ABI changed along with the svn rev increment last week, so
> Installer and Locations won't work without rebuilding.  Although
> people already got reassigned, but nobody will give Om2008 love except
> us and holger, so we will fix the issues above and update testing repo
> soon.
> Regards,
> John
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