OpenMoko Is Still Around & They Just Launched Something
Phoronix: OpenMoko Is Still Around & They Just Launched Something
OpenMoko, one of the original projects aimed to create open-source mobile phones, is rarely heard about these days with Google's Android and Apple's iOS dominating the markets. While they had the Neo 1973 as a true Linux phone it didn't sell too much nor its successor, the OpenMoko FreeRunner, which is still available for purchase. Aside from phones, OpenMoko had developed the WikiReader as a mobile device that's capable of reading Wikipedia articles without a persistent Internet connection. Today they've also announced their latest project: Shiftd...
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Note that this is about Openmoko Inc the company, which has not been affiliated with Openmoko the project related to phones besides hosting the web services since 2009.
And the project is quite loose term as well, as it's mostly a community of people interested in free software running on Neo1973 and Neo FreeRunner. But it's also largely the birth place of a community of running free software on any phone that has some hope on the driver side - best success probably on Palm Pre and Nokia N900 and maybe a few of the older HTC phones.
There also is no such thing as "Openmoko Linux" since 2009. It was abandoned by the company and community and the community is nowadays involved with distributions like SHR, Debian, QtMoko (based on Debian) and an Android effort for armv4.
Finally, there is a Openmoko phone product ("GTA04") coming from a German company Golden Delicious - firstly now a replacement OMAP3 + 3G etc. board for the FreeRunner case, using the same screen. So this is not a doing of Openmoko Inc, but they have let GD use the brand since it simplifies a few aspects of getting the hardware certified.
So, Openmoko term is a loose thing, just wanted to point it out.