Why one cannot recommend the freerunner as a daily phone (was Re: Is a FreeRunner sufficient for me?)

Damian Spriggs damianspriggs at mac.com
Tue Jun 23 04:42:57 CEST 2009

Sure, it's a developer phone, and is marketed as such, but what they  
don't tell you is what kind of developer. When I got mine 6 months  
ago, I took that to mean applications, not "everything about this  
needs massive help".

I think one of the pitfalls for OM was trying to put everything out at  
once, instead of systematically selecting and stabilizing a kernel,  
then get the underlying system working, and finally get the UI and  
useable applications.  Now I haven't tried all the distros out there,  
but from the chatter I read on the maillists, it seems that each are  
shooting for that moving target in continuing the "all at once"  
approach, and predictably coming up short.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Freerunner, and it's my daily/only phone  
(Hackable:1and SHR). I just wish I could spend more time working on  
applications than messing around with little fixes, rebooting, and  
waiting for something reasonably stable to develop for. :)

On Jun 22, 2009, at 10:05 PM, David Ford wrote:

> this phone is marketed as a developer's phone, and all the websites
> related to this phone all have (or should have) discussion largely
> surrounding this.

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