project customers

Kosa kosa at
Sat Apr 17 00:02:27 CEST 2010

I ain't no expert on this, but since iPad is being a succesful "mobil
device", we could give a chance for a BIGGER Freerunner. Of course iPad
won't sell as many pices as the iPhone has, but 400k seems good for a
start. There's a huge market for the big touchscreen devices.

What about trying to do some changes here and there to put a bigger
screen (and a much bigger battery) on it. Most common linux apps would
fit on that. Debian works great on the FR right know, and a bigger
screen might be a killer spec 'couse almost every app would run with no
changes needed.

As I said, I ain't no expert, but you take glamo off, fix #1024, get a
bigger screen and battery and leave everithing else as it is and you
have a tremendous chance of succes. I would just add stereo speakers :p
 as in Neo 1973

AFAIK tangogps is THE killer app on the Freerunner, and it would be
great to have a bigger screen for a gps device. It could even fit as a
co-pilot for the car, as gps, phone, music, movies & news player. It
won't fit on the bike, but I would have his little brother for that. :)

We might face the 3g problem, but AFAIR just one of the 3 iPad models
includes 3g, so it is not a most. Not even for GTA03 nor GTA02-Core

I guess a bigger device is easier to build BTW.

Just a thought.


- Un mundo mejor es posible -

Werner Almesberger escribió:
> Carsten Haitzler wrote:
>> if it's hard to communicate - you don't have a sales point.
> Yup, that's why I wouldn't belabour that angle for now. Whether and
> when the time for selling on open software alone will come depends
> on how constrained people feel with the non-open choices, and how
> many indirect benefits they get.
> For now, I'll be happy with the niche of project customers who need
> to tweak the hardware or who already understand why they cannot
> afford a closed system.
> That said, such a phone wouldn't have to be free from appeal to the
> mass market. It should definitely be as attractive as possible, but
> within reason.
>> sure - but it seems those project customers want to feed off a stable supply
>> line
> Stability is indeed crucial. I hope to be able to compensate with
> flexibility what we lack in sheer momentum. E.g., if you get, say,
> Motorola to make a design for you, and then Motorola decides to
> shut down or sell off that business unit, then you're left with
> pretty much nothing, no matter what your contracts say.
> With an open design, no mattern what happens with the makers of it,
> you still have the design - down to the last detail - and most of
> the information needed to produce it. You may still fail to recover
> from a breakdown in your supply, but your chances are vastly better.
> Also, since the supply is likely to be spread over multiple
> companies and individuals (who, in the Open world, enjoy a great
> deal of mobility) catastrophic failures that wipe out everything
> are less likely.
> Now, it remains to be seen whether prospective project customers
> will agree with these arguments or whether they prefer to stick
> with the traditional view and try to partner with companies that
> are too big to fail.
> In terms of numbers, I think cost levels out pretty well already
> at only a few kunits. If you're competing on the last 5%, you're
> already in the wrong game.
>> i know that to you, or to many
>> freedom advocates all this "fancy eyecandy, sexy design, high end components
>> etc." seems all irrelevant
> Heh, yet here I am, still using my sleek little Samsung X-830 as
> my daily phone, while keeping the ugly pucks in the lab :)
> The thing with bleeding edge components is that they cost you a
> lot (in various ways) at very little gain. Yes, you may get that
> extra push for today's fashionable effect, but by the time you
> hit the market, fashion will have changed. Better find your own
> style that doesn't come from the manuals of the Gigahertz war :-)
> - Werner
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