GTA03 Touchscreen Capacitive (was Re: OT: iPhone howto)

Matthias Apitz guru at
Sat Feb 28 08:35:54 CET 2009

El día Friday, February 27, 2009 a las 02:43:30PM +0100, Simon Kagstrom escribió:

> On 2/27/09, Matthias Apitz <guru at> wrote:
> > Ok, as I think that we have now exchanged enough good arguments to stay with
> > resistive in GTA03 and I have not seen any strong argument to move to
> > capacitive screen,
> I don't think we can draw this conclusion, it's your opinion. What we
> can say is this:
> - Capacitive touch screens have some advantages
> - Resistive touch screens have some advantages
> - They *both* have disadvantages


That's to simple saying some/other advantages; the key point is that
with a capacitive touch screens we will loose the possibility to control
this as any other X11 server, i.e. being able to point and click nearly
to a single pixel, or at least select a very small square of 2x2 pixels;

this will change the FR from the hacker toy it is now, to just another stupid
mobile phone like an iPod or Nokia one; and we will not have anymore a
small Linux desktop in our pockets; of course it stays Linux and I can
SSH to it, put not always I have another laptop or my eeePC with me;

I think OpenMoko should keep that in mind; it would be a big change in a
wrong direction;


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