[Community] About the status

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Sat Jun 8 14:21:07 CEST 2013

Hi all,
after having some holidays it is a good time to reflect about
the status of our community.

First of all Christoph and Lukas have done a great job
in presenting and discussing at LinuxTag. You can find
the presentation [1] and some pictures [2].

And, we have a handful of new members in this community.

So it generally shows that we are on the right track but at still
very small movement.

So please discuss about our common targets everywhere
you can...

On the technical side there is some progress on the kernel
(Neil is experimenting with Linux 3.10) and drivers (improvements
for the camera).

On the OS side noteworthy achievements if the last
few weeks are an  openSUSE 12.3 build and Replicant [3].

For production we are still in the dilemma of high price and
low (pre)orders and there is no way to get out of this trap.

Other interesting projects with similar goals are the Fairphone
and the Arm-netbook (Vivaldi) activities.

Fairphone got a lot of criticism that it is neither their own product
(they just did audit some chinese manufacturer) and it is difficult
to judge if "Fair" is just a marketing label or really more.

And the Vivaldi tablet appears to make slow progress.
But I still did not get what the benefit of an exchangeable CPU
module may be and why they limit themselves to 68 pins of
a PCMICA form factor. Since we have already demonstrated
that the GTA04 can be used as a module as well - with 120 pins
giving more freedom for interface signals. 

They argue that you can replace the CPU in 1 or 2 years and
keep the display. But usually you rarely want to stick with
your older display for a significantly higher performance CPU.

And at 200 EUR (which I don't believe they will achieve) it
is easier swapping the whole device...

So let me again point out that we, the OpenPhoenux community,
need to grow and attract more supporting members. Please use
the material from the LinuxTag presentations.


[1] <https://plus.google.com/photos/103358231365560149781/albums/5881616041384360081/5881616060618865698?sqi=111739819921691335869&sqsi=232cccad-215d-4b7c-b1ce-b871285be6ee&pid=5881616060618865698&oid=103358231365560149781>
[2] <http://www.linuxtag.org/2013/fileadmin/www.linuxtag.org/slides/Nikolaus_Schaller_+_Lukas_Maerdian_+_Christoph_Mair_-_OpenPhoenux_Smartphone__Learnings_from_the_past_and_ideas_for_next_year.e290.pdf>
[3] <http://download.paulk.fr/replicant/gta04/hayes-ril-gta04.webm>

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