Crowdfunding an Ubuntu smartphone (right now)

Bob Ham rah at
Thu Aug 22 23:00:52 CEST 2013

On Thu, 2013-08-22 at 21:44 +0200, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:

> > The phones consisted of GTA04 motherboards inside second-hand GTA01/02
> > cases.  These cases were produced by Openmoko, not "OpenPhoenix".
> Producing new cases is a matter of enough money, not of capabilities...

The "OpenPhoenix" community doesn't have enough money so the answer to
the original question of whether it can produce *any* phone is: no.

I don't mean to belittle the community or detract from the activities of
those who are actually doing but I think it's harmful to operate with a
muddled view of the situation.  The idea that it would be possible for
the community to produce a phone with the same kind of specs as the
phone that Canonical, with its billionaire owner, just tried and
*failed* to build, seems to me to be rooted in a view so detached from
reality as to be almost pathological.  To even *ask* the question shows
that there is a problem.

There are limits on what the community can do.  Engaging in
pie-in-the-sky fantasies isn't going to help.

Please allow me to address a question to the community as a whole: if
you can produce a free phone then why aren't you?  Do it!  What are you
*waiting* for?

Bob Ham <rah at>

for (;;) { ++pancakes; }
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