FSO: is zhone here to stay?

Michael 'Mickey' Lauer mickey at openmoko.org
Thu Aug 7 21:05:21 CEST 2008

Stefan summarized it, that's our position officially.

Let me add one thing though, taking off the Openmoko hat for a second:

<thinking aloud>

Coming out of the Linux on iPAQ, Zaurus, Motorola EZX, ..., world, with their 
semi-open platforms and lack of integration everywhere, I see a lot of unused 
potential both on services and application level.

FSO is cleaning up on the services level, integrating existing dbus APIs and 
adding new ones where they were missing, so everyone can play along.

But why stop there? Why not launch an effort to do a nice application 
framework optimized for simple but smart applications on mobile devices? This 
surely won't be something for the power users (who can still run their 
Qt/Gtk/whatever applications on the device), but something a Linux-loving mum 
and dad would appreciate as well. Something that strives for maximum UI 
consistency and usability while being a pleasure to write applications for. 

Sounds like reinventing UIKit? It's excellent -- why not ;)

</thinking aloud>

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