[Nederlanders opgelet] Dutch newspaper blog about OpenMoko phone

Marnix Klooster marnix.klooster at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 06:57:32 CEST 2007

Op 12-07-07 21:58, Eric van Horssen schreef:
> This article on the blog site of a Dutch newspaper:
> <http://weblogs.nrc.nl/weblog/hebben/2007/07/12/gratis-software-voor-je-gehackte-smartphone/> 

Bedankt voor die link!

For those interested, here follows a quick rough translation.

Free software for your hacked smartphone

The thing which phone vendors and software developers try to avoid with 
simlock and serial numbers, is specifically being promoted by OpenMoko: 
hack your own phone.  OpenMoko is an open source group that develops 
free software for mobile devices.  The first hardware that runs on 
OpenMoko is now available: a phone with good-looking rounded corners, 
with GPS receiver, GSM/GPRS support and... NO buttons.  The Neo1973 does 
have a touch-interface, and therefore many people declare the device to 
be an iPhone-killer.  However, that seems a bit premature.

Most smartphones run on Symbian, Windows Mobile, or UIQ.  The iPhone 
added OS X to that.  OpenMoko is a mobile platform which runs on a Linux 
kernel.  In itself that is nothing special, check out this list 
<http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT9423084269.html>.  But it is 
pleasant that all available software is free [as in beer --Ed.], and 
that you already can get a simlock-free smartphone for 300 dollars which 
works on the OpenMoko platform.  There is an application available for 
OpenMoko that lets you receive free push e-mail 
<http://www.funambol.com/>, just like the Blackberry offers.  Navigation 
software should not be a problem either: the TomTom devices that you see 
on the highway also run on a Linux system.

The orange-black Neo1973 looks cool with its round forms and 2.8 inch 
color screen.  However, it doesn't hurt to wait for the next hardware 
update, when the Neo1973 is equipped with a wifi-receiver and motion 
sensors.  Then you can - just as on the iPhone - flip the screen 
automatically when you move the phone.  This new version will cost 450 
dollars, and is available from October.


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