Sad Story

Karthik Kumar karthikkumar at
Fri Dec 12 19:54:19 CET 2008

I clearly don't blame the developers here myself. I blame Openmoko's
selfish management (probably it's board of directors or C*Os) for
this. I am sure that a developer who talks back against this will just
get fired/have to face bad consequences.

What would be the best way to 'convince' or 'force' the management to
change their decisions? Does anyone know a lawyer?


On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:23 PM, Paul <paultsai at> wrote:
> My experience, as I'm sure with many other people, with my freerunner
> has been frustrating most of the time.  To say, its all on the user is
> wrong.  Granted the community could be better, however, its hard to
> contribute when everything is so fragmented.
> For instance, about the echo problem, one of the developers for
> OpenMoko stated "Since there are different hw versions out there (a5,
> a6, a7), it's impossible to provide one alsa state file that suits all
> models."  Wait a sec.  If the developers know the issues, What's
> preventing the if statement that would prevent hundreds of hours of
> tweaking, testing, and frustration for the community?
> Let's be honest here FIC is making a pretty penny off of OpenMoko,
> using very old hardware selling at a premium price (2.5g not even
> EDGE).  Yet we are OK with that.  What the community DOES expect is
> basic support, for starters a phone that makes calls without echoing,
> doesn't drop connection and sends and receives text messages reliably
> as the Number 1 priority.  If I'm not mistaken, the majority of the
> working code in OpenMoko is from Trolltech.  In addition FSO has a
> very nice distro and the Freerunner isn't even its main device.  Yet
> more than 1 year AFTER the release of the 1974, we still have MAJOR
> issues from a basic install of Om.  Then we read stuff like this.
> "OM is moving more focus to gta03 now, so my current resource for
> qtopia is fairly limited."
> It becomes evident that FIC and Openmoko cares less about creating
> reliably working software then it does about moving products.  (not
> blaming the developers here, they get pressure) Follow the next link
> and I think I've made my case.
> Now with that said, I will be posting online my howtos including
> scripts to make a kinda stable variant of FDOM soon.  Been too busy
> reflashing my phone.
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 1:28 AM, Karthik Kumar <karthikkumar at> wrote:
>> You should have fixed the GTA02 months back, when you released it.
>> Instead, you people are working on GTA03/Neo Whatever. It proves that
>> you don't care about the community, You just care about the bunch of
>> people who might want to buy your upcoming phones, who sponsor your own
>> selfish causes and suffer while you are working on GTA04.
> --
> Paul
> Email - paultsai at
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> which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.
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