Experiences with GTA02 and OM2008.12 (was part of the "Brick" thread)

Craig Woodward woody at rochester.rr.com
Mon Jan 19 03:20:30 CET 2009

---- Wolfgang Spraul <wolfgang at openmoko.com> wrote: 
> Repeating rumors again and again still doesn't make them true.

Is this a rumor?  PLEASE CLARIFY.   Will the GTA01 continue to get software support from OM in it's baseline release (OM2xxx series)?

If the answer is yes, then I'm much happier.  If not, then it's just a matter of time before the GTA02 follows the same path of dropped without show-stopping bugs being fixed.  Again, I don't expect perpetual support.  I do expect continued support until the major issues (like ticket 1662) are resolved in a base image.

Within days of the December release there were questions about future GTA01 support, and it was said on the OM list that OM was no longer supporting the GTA01 in the OM2xxx images.  Admittedly, this was said by a non-OM employee (Rod Whitby), but nobody from OM spoke up to correct it.

The only reply from OM until now was from "Mickey", who wrote the the posting attached below.  As I read it, it screamed to me that OM was trying to quietly drop support for the 01 without saying it directly.  Mickey choose his words very carefully, which I noted when I read it, so that he wasn't flat out saying OM was dropping support.  But he also didn't say they were continuing support either.

Think about it for a second.  You have a lot of people that can't get their phone to work reliably with second generation hardware after 8 months of trying.  You have one primary product with your name on it, the OM2xxx image series.  The latest one says it does NOT support the GTA01, with no comment about if future versions will again support it.  And when the question is asked, we get a vague answer about how the GTA01 doesn't need OM for new updates, followed by crickets. 

So I ask again:  Will OM support GTA01 in future baseline OM2xxx releases?  Yes, or No.

---- Michael 'Mickey' Lauer <mickey at openmoko.org> wrote: 
I don't want to comment on whether Openmoko should do more work on GTA01 or 
rather concentrate on 02 and 03, but I do want to state that you can't 
compare the usual end-of-support product to an Openmoko end-of-support 

Openmoko not releasing anymore images for 01 is _orders of magnitude_ less of 
a problem than any competitor no longer supporting a model. The reason being 
the paradigmatic openness of Openmoko. Everything is out there -- at your 
fingertips, so to speak -- you can still compile 2009.x for the 01 (yes, you 
need to remove some things) or work on exciting new software for it.

U-Boot and the kernel may not receive many more updates, but that's about it. 
For the rest of it, you don't have to rely on Openmoko to get fresh software 
for your GTA01.

Again, while I don't want to comment whether this is right or wrong from 
Openmoko Inc, I hope that it puts things into perspective.



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