RE: The University of São Paulo's intent to join Openmoko development

Juan Lucas Dominguez Rubio jldominguez at
Mon Jul 13 20:48:47 CEST 2009

as the song says, so close no matter how far!
Juan Lucas



		De: community-bounces at en nombre de steven mosher
		Enviado el: lun 13/07/2009 18:29
		Para: maddog at
		CC: community at
		Asunto: Re: The University of São Paulo's intent to join Openmoko development
		 Thanks maddog for staying on this over the past month or so. I really appreciate 
		the effort and I know the rest of the community does as well. As you know I'm unwilling
		to give up on the dream of the Freerunner and the dream of community driven hardware
		in general. I know Werner and his group, the GTA02 core team, is dedicated as well
		to this dream. Let me know how I can help.


		On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 9:03 PM, Jon 'maddog' Hall <maddog at> wrote:

			Dear Openmoko Community,
			In light of the refocusing of Sean's company on consumer items, there
			has been a perceived vacuum created in the Openmoko community's efforts
			to create next-generation open cellular smart phones.
			I happened to be working with Dr. Marcelo Zuffo, a full professor and
			the head of the Laboratory for Integrated Systems at the University of
			São Paulo, Brazil, on an unrelated project.  I asked Dr. Zuffo if the
			university would be willing to join the Openmoko community and to
			provide critical resources to the task at hand.
			I subsequently have met with Dr. Zuffo several times on this matter,
			have seen his facilities (which include a very modern and
			state-of-the-art SMT line) and have discussed the goals of the community
			to design and prototype a completely open design for a cellular phone.
			Dr. Zuffo and the university understand your issues, understand free and
			open source software and hardware and are willing to assist the
			community with this project.
			I might add that the university can bring several new capabilities to
			the community:
			First of all, Dr. Zuffo has discussed the Openmoko project with the
			Minister of Telecommunications of Brazil, and the Minister is very
			enthusiastic about the concept.  Having the support of the government of
			the twelfth largest economy behind the project might really help us with
			various negotiations with vendors.
			Secondly the University has been working on several aspects of
			telecommunications for a long time, and therefore has expertise in
			telephonic security and codecs (among other things) that could be of use
			to the Openmoko community.
			Third, the university has the ability and expertise to design new
			integrated circuits.  Recently they designed a a range of analog-digital
			chips.  Therefore the possibility of developing, manufacturing and
			freely licensing new chips to help reduce the cost of the phone is
			Forth, while the facilities I mentioned are capable of producing up to
			10,000 units at the rate of one circuit board every 30 seconds,  the
			purpose of the facilities is research, developing and support projects
			that can lead innovation, the lab's charter does not allow them to
			manufacture more units then the 10,000 because that would be "commercial
			production".  Therefore the university has a goal of freely licensing
			the design to companies for manufacture.
			Fifth, the university would be happy to host the mailing lists and
			forums of the Openmoko project.  If some of the software projects need
			hosting and can not find hosting services other places, the university
			will consider acting as a primary hosting facility for these projects.
			Sixth, personally I would like to see this concept extended, of inviting
			more universities and their facilities to help with this project
			world-wide.  I hope that the leadership of the University of Sao Paulo
			will help create the structure and inspiration for this to happen.
			Finally, the university has a non-profit legal entity, LSITEC, which can
			easily do the type of paperwork that Sean's company did (NDAs,
			certification) so the community can leverage off that.
			I know that there will be a lot of questions and considerations to take
			before the community is comfortable with this relationship.  Dr. Zuffo
			has asked that I help coordinate the joining together of the university
			with the community, and in the interest of seeing Openmoko continue to
			do the fine work started by Sean and all of you, I will be glad to help
			in this capacity.  I am monitoring the community mailing list, and
			people are also welcome to email me directly (maddog at with
			questions that you do not (for any reason) wish to post to the list.
			Dr. Zuffo's letter of intent is below.
			Warmest regards,
			Jon "maddog" Hall
			President, Linux International
			CTO of Koolu, Inc.

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