Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Wed 9th Jul 2008 16:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless OpenMoko launched its highly anticipated FreeRunner smartphone, a Linux-based handset that's completely open in both hardware and software, and is designed to encourage third-party modification and customization. Although the FreeRunner's software platform is still incomplete, the device has attracted considerable attention from mobile software developers and Linux enthusiasts.
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RE: Maybe decent hardware, but:
by hobgoblin on Wed 9th Jul 2008 20:39 UTC in reply to "Maybe decent hardware, but:"
hobgoblin
Member since:
2005-07-06

and from what i understand, its the press, not the company, that have been claiming that the new model is aimed at joe average user...

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olefiver Member since:
2008-04-04

The Neo Freerunner present software is suitable for advanced users and devs, but the intent for Freerunner is general consumer.

http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Neo_FreeRunner

The FreeRunner can be purchased from the Online Store as of July 3, 2008. Software available on the phone suitable for advanced users and developers but not the average consumer.

The Neo FreeRunner is a Linux-based touch screen smart phone aimed at general consumer use as well as Linux desktop users and software developers.

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deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

Ok, but what does it MEAN:
- can I make a phone call?
- can I send SMS?

Hardware is one thing - it's just useless if the software stack is still lacking the most basic features. Don't get me wrong: I'd love to play with the Freerunner. I just cannot afford an expensive toy that isn't able to do the most basic things one expects from such a device.

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

so give it time. this is unlike nokia and the rest that drop a finished product, and then go on to make the next one and in general wants to avoid having anything more to do with the old one...

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