[Gta04-owner] GTA04A4 Group Tour - next steps

Flemming Richter Mikkelsen quatrox at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 12:41:53 CEST 2012

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:31, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>wrote:

> Hi Bob,
> Am 04.04.2012 um 12:14 schrieb Bob Ham:
> > On 03/04/2012 18:04, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> >
> >> We already have ordered most of the components so
> >> that production is planned to start after the easter weekend.
> >
> > Great stuff :-)
> >
> > Do you have any plans for future group buys or other schemes?  Or are
> > you just waiting to see what the fallout is from the present scheme?
> Well, we are trying to find a better scheme, but did not make much
> progress.
> Maybe sort of a subscription or auction scheme.
> And, it is very important to come into bigger batch sizes. E.g. like
> OpenPandora.org.
> They now produce batches in sizes of 1000 units. Exactly in the alternate
> factory
> we have had recommended to them and which was originally planned for
> our group tour with >350 units. It is located just 2 km away from my home
> :)
> But I have analysed the whole situation and now think the key issue
> for finding more potential buyers within the linux and open source
> community is the lack of a really complete device.
> Complete in hardware, case, preinstalled software and some application
> shop. This is different for the OpenPandora. It comes (after 3 years
> waiting)
> and user can unpack it, insert the battery and start getting fun out of it.
> So we still have to work on the basics (producing a nice and very good
> case and on software for daily use).
> Regarding an application shop: would it be interesting to software
> developers
> to earn some money through a central shop (with portal, search facility,
> payment management) and for users to get higher quality applications by
> paying some cents? Some percentage could be used to support future hardware
> development. I.e. similar to the revenue sharing model of Apple?

I like the idea.  Would this mean that the user would pay for
a specific feature?

> BR,
> Nikolaus
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