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Thread: OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner Launches July 4

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    Default OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner Launches July 4

    Phoronix: OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner Launches July 4

    A year ago FIC started selling the OpenMoko Neo Base Developer Preview phone and starting on July 4 (in just two days) they will begin selling the OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner. The OpenMoko web store will begin accepting orders starting on the 4th of July while orders will begin processing on the 7th. According to the OpenMoko product page, the Neo FreeRunner has a 2.8" touchscreen, ARM9 processor at 400MHz, 2D/3D graphics acceleration, Tri-band [850,900]/1800/1900 MHz GSM, 128MB of SDRAM, 256MB of NAND Flash, 802.11b/g WiFi, GPRS 2.5G, dual 3axis Motion Sensors, and Bluetooth 2.0...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjU2NA

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    Default Customization and software

    I'm just wondering how it will be the software availability and customization options for the FreeRunner..

    The whole idea is great, but it needs a great community so it can expands and grow..

    And I think Android will be far ahead when launched, because there will be already tons of software for it..

    I heard that there are people porting Kde4 plasma to the openmoko.. and that would be great! That interface that comes with it doesn't looks good for my personal tastes...

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    Sort of awesome, but for one thing.

    Where's the QWERTY keyboard?!

    Seriously. My current phone (SGH-F700) has one (although not much of anything else) and I can't imagine living without one now. Otherwise, I'd totally be getting one of these on payday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupine View Post
    Sort of awesome, but for one thing.

    Where's the QWERTY keyboard?!

    Seriously. My current phone (SGH-F700) has one (although not much of anything else) and I can't imagine living without one now. Otherwise, I'd totally be getting one of these on payday...
    Hey, I like the iPhone's keyboard! It's very nice and don't clutter the look of the phone, it just appear when you need it

    Talking about that, the iPhone would be a great company if apple didn't act like an as*hole

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    This phone looks great and it seems to have all the features I'm interested in. I'm leaning towards getting one of these, but I do have to say that I'd be much more enthusiastic about buying this hardware if the option of running Android or the OpenMoko OS was on the table. This question can't be answered at this time though. It's quite possible that all the functionality offered in Android would also be in OpenMoko... I wouldn't know only because I haven't downloaded the OpenMoko SDK. Maybe it's time to do so.

    EDIT: OK. Reading this page makes me really want this phone for some reason:
    http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Gettin...Neo_FreeRunner
    Last edited by joshuapurcell; 07-02-2008 at 02:22 PM.

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    Joshua: $400 USD

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    Quote Originally Posted by puelocesar View Post
    I heard that there are people porting Kde4 plasma to the openmoko.. and that would be great! That interface that comes with it doesn't looks good for my personal tastes...
    http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Category:Software
    Qt is there XD
    But I think that the e17 libraries are much better!!! just create a theme and you will be done.

    well if you don't know e17... maybe you're missing something wonderful I think something even more wonderful than kde4

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    I never programming nothing in e17, but I know that the results are great! The amount of eye candy they achieve with extremely low resources are incredible..

    I just wonder why nobody, until now, uses it..

    The good thing about having plasma working, is that in some time we will have Apple's dashboard widgets, superkaramba and even google gadgets! And (hopefully) on our phone!

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    Default Openmoko - A truely open smartphone

    There are a lot of things seldom mentioned while comparing openmoko with android. Openmoko is 100% open. You can change the whole software stack (including the OS) and put your own OS on it. Android will never become so open because the revenues of its founders depend on controlling customers in their choice of OS (Yes it's Linux. But it's unreplaceable).

    Openmoko is a true phone+computer. You can even ssh to/from your PC from/to the openmoko phone!!! Think about X forwarding your PC's display to the phone or vice-versa. I'm sure android won't place so much control in the hands of users.

    In short, both android and openmoko use linux. But Openmoko truly brings the control, openness and hackability associated with linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhaKi View Post
    There are a lot of things seldom mentioned while comparing openmoko with android. Openmoko is 100% open. You can change the whole software stack (including the OS) and put your own OS on it. Android will never become so open because the revenues of its founders depend on controlling customers in their choice of OS (Yes it's Linux. But it's unreplaceable).

    Openmoko is a true phone+computer. You can even ssh to/from your PC from/to the openmoko phone!!! Think about X forwarding your PC's display to the phone or vice-versa. I'm sure android won't place so much control in the hands of users.

    In short, both android and openmoko use linux. But Openmoko truly brings the control, openness and hackability associated with linux.
    But google says it will be 100% opensource when released:
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Burnette/?p=579

    And about the ssh thing you say, even with the ultra locked-down iPhone you can have that

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