Questions and Answers

Sean Moss-Pultz sean at
Sun Jan 4 03:54:41 CET 2009

Hi Marco

On 1/3/09 Marco Trevisan (Treviño) wrote:
> > We asked Raster to integrate this keypad into Om 2008 and extend it 
> to
> > > make it more hacker friendly (i.e., usable from places like the
> > > terminal). After two months of more or less silence he showed us 
> his own
> > > version, written from scratch. The design was a work in progress. 
> And 
> > > the dictionary was far inferior to what Qtopia had already. An 
> internal 
> > > battle started that lasted until one month before Om 2008 was set 
> to be 
> > > released when our product manager, Will Lai, couldn't take it 
> anymore. 
> > > He asked another engineer to just get the Qtopia keypad working.
> Ok, I understand this. But, why have you asked Raster to improve a 
> thing
> (like qtopia-x11) that should have been only a kind of placeholder?
> Wasn't it considered in a such way at that time? 

For the same reason we used Qtopia in the first place: We needed to 
balance the long term goals of the project with the short term necessity 
of making enough money to stay in business. This is always a difficult 
tradeoff to make.

Happy New Year.


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