Re: [plug] Openmoko Neo Freerunner available for USD399.00

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Author: Ricky Nite
To: Philippine Linux Users' Group (PLUG) Technical Discussion List
Subject: Re: [plug] Openmoko Neo Freerunner available for USD399.00
Nokia's move on Symbian is fairly recent, and may just be due to
pressure from Google's Android, and LiMo. But there are no phones out
for all these platforms yet, and even if they do come out, I don't think
they will really be truly "open" ..

OpenMoko's approach of also opening up the hardware makes it more like
an open mobile device (generic) platform. The mobile phone may just be
one of many possible applications. It has already been morphed as a GPS
receiver/navigation gadget:

The customization possibilities are intriguing. Anyway, here's a review:

Orlando Andico wrote:
> IIRC Symbian is going open-source.
> I have had a look at the OpenMoko phone before and frankly it's
> underwhelming. As others have pointed out, the hardware is so 2003.
> Besides lots of companies have done Linux phones (Motorola in
> particular and also Nokia with the 770) and haven't fared too well.
> Before the iPhone came along, I would say that Linux is too large and
> clunky for mobile phones. But Apple disproved that.
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 9:36 AM, Ricky Nite <ricky.nite@???> wrote:
>> It is most likely the only free/open mobile platform right now that any
>> linux hacker can really tinker with :) And if it's worth anything to you,
>> the hardware architecture is also documented in considerable detail.
>> Rommel Asibal wrote:
>> What is so great about this phone? Can someone compare it with what we
>> already have? Anyone with exp with this phone?

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