[Community] Growing the Community

Lukas Märdian luk at slyon.de
Thu Jun 20 10:30:47 CEST 2013

Am 20.06.2013 10:10, schrieb Tobias Platen:
> On 06/19/2013 12:22 PM, Bob Ham wrote:
>> On 2013-06-19 07:23, openmoko at pulster.de wrote:
>>> FIRST have a product, second talk about it.
>>> As Openmoko shop owner (former OM distributor) I am interested the story
>>> continues. I'm ready to invest 10-20.000 eur for now, later more.
>> If you're really willing to invest in the GTA04 to move things
>> forward, I would recommend donating some of this money to cover the
>> one-time costs of a production run for the new A5 board, with the
>> remainder being used to purchase boards from the run.
>> As I've said before, I strongly believe that the dependence on
>> existing cases is a major block for the GTA04.  With the new A5, we
>> will be able to produce complete new phones using case kits and
>> 3D-printed cases (assuming Nikolaus has the GSM antenna ready for the
>> case kit; I can't remember if that's been done yet?).  I believe the
>> A5 will open up wonderful opportunities for the community, and will
>> also attact new community members.
>> Alongside this new case-building activity, if we continue developing
>> Replicant, one would hope we can bring it to a point of "working".  In
>> the future then, we would be able to create a more complete product of
>> boxed GTA04 phones consisting of a board from another A5 run (or
>> possibly A6), a case kit and 3D-printed case, loaded with Replicant
>> and ready to be used out of the box.
>> Coupled with an aggressive and polished marketing campaign, possibly
>> involving crowd-funding, this has the potential to be very successful,
>> perhaps even reaching the volume of orders to allow a more affordable
>> sale price.  There has been concern from Nikolaus about running such a
>> marketing effort so I'll say now that I could be willing to volunteer
>> for dealing with crowd-funding and marketing, if and when the
>> technical side is at the right level (that is, it "works" ;-)
> I'm interested in this device and would buy one
> if my 3 years old HTC Dream reaches end of life.
> Maybe the FSFE could run a crowdfunding campaign.

I've talked to the FSFE at the LinuxTag this year and they seemed to be
interested, at least to promote our project in conjunction with the
"Free Your Android" campaign. But unfortunately afterwards there wasn't
any reaction any more and they ignored my effort to get in touch again.


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