[gta02-core] To focus, or to re-focus ?

Álvaro Lopes alvieboy at alvie.com
Thu Feb 18 00:26:02 CET 2010

Hi all,

This is going to be a lengthy email, at least from my point of view, so I apologise in advance - however I feel I must share my feelings with you all about
gta02-core, about what we have done so far, about our goals and objectives, and about what changed outside since we started this.

And of course, pardon my english.

We have not done much in last months - at least not something worth posting to a weekly blog. A large amount of work is done on the back stages - this is good,
but we have promised more, and we ought to have had some devices out by now.

Why did we lag so much ?

Well, I see several reasons. Let me enumerate those:

- iPhone came out. Although not a state-of-the-art hw platform, seems like it flipped a page on mobile devices. Stupid maybe, but consumers do have the last
word on this.
- iPhone again - iPhone caused a rush to build PDA-like mobiles and now we have (and we expect) offers that simply obfuscate our project, in all [but openess]
areas - see upcoming HTC Legend.
- We lost focus.
- We agree our current hardware is obsolete, and does not give a real benefit over other options (iPhone excluded - iPhone is a black box not even worth mentioning)

So, what are our goals and objectives ?

Those were: create a fully open device so that others can improve on the design and fit it to its own purpose (mobile manufacturers included). Why ? This will
give them freedom, this will give them faster TTM and cheaper mobiles. And, of course, we have a lot of fun designing and adapting the beast.

Are this still our goals and objectives ?

Don't get me wrong on this - I love gta02-core, I love the work we did, I want to keep on giving the best I have to give to the project. You guys are simply
amazing, a great team, in all senses, I don't want to throw this project away- I threw too many.

But I feel we need to either focus, or re-focus. Meaning, focusing on what we did so far, keep our objectives, or rethink parts and rather focus on that.

Again, lengthy post. Sorry bout that.



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