Freedom Redfined.

Jeremy McNaughton jeremy.mcnaughton at
Fri Jun 26 08:37:22 CEST 2009

Hi Steve,

That's great news.  It sounds like you're not giving up on something
you love, so good for you!

I guess we'll find out once you make more announcements and get your
website up, but I'm curious how this impacts the need for the
community to create an organization.  It sounds like a community
organization might not be such an urgent need if your new company will
be hosting some or all of the community projects.

If that's the case count me a little relieved.  A community
organization might still be a good idea to complement your plans, but
creating it will probably take a lot of time.  I still want to help,
but I can really only commit to it part time.

Good luck and keep us posted!


On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Steve Mosher<steve at> wrote:
> Community,
>   As many of you know may 25th was my last official day at Openmoko.
> Since that time I have been focused on two
> things: First, putting my Openmoko business in order. There were several
> tasks that got cut off midstream by the layoff
> and I felt I owed it to the community to see those jobs through to some
> sort of conclusion. Having relied on volunteer work
> from the community for so long, it only seemed right that I contribute.
> I wanted to see the buzz fix program successfully
> implemented both in the EU and in North America. With help from Dr.
> Schaller, SDG, and Sean I was able to get that
> done. Next on my list was the GTA02 core project. When we canceled the
> GTA03 Werner and others started a community
> effort to do a phone design that was completely community driven. That's
> no small task, but it keeps the dream alive so
> I will continue to support it. On that front, we have met with some
> success. Building Open Source hardware requires money
> at some stage, money to buy parts and money to build prototypes.
> Openmoko has graciously agreed to donate some components
> to the project and I've put Werner in contact with people who can help
> with the prototype runs. It's still early and there is a
> lot of work to do, so pitch in if you can. I also wanted to see the
> foundation work kicked off.  And lastly I tried to find some of my
> Openmoko friends employment which brings me to the second major thing I
> have been working on: Starting a new company.
>       Wolfgang has alluded to this in a previous post and now is a good
> time to let you
> all know what we have been up to since late May. In the coming days as
> we get the web page together and lists set up
> I'll make some announcements and blog about the company and its
> mission.  The key elements are 1. Using existing hardware rather than
> designing new hardware. 2. Focusing the software effort below the user
> levels,  3. targeting the linux developer community.  The most important
> thing from our perspective is that there is no conflict with OM.
> Wolfgang and I met with Sean on Saturday and explained our plan. OM will
> focus on Project B so there won't be any conflict. We also agreed that
> in the future the two companies will be able to find ways to work
> together with OM perhaps picking up some of our products and applying
> their focus-- Industrial design and user interface.
>     I'll be back to announce the name of the company in the coming week
> or so as we build out the web page. You can write me
> here or at my personal gmail account. (moshersteven@)
> Best Regards All,
>   Steve.
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