[Community] Indiephone.eu

Neil Jerram neil at ossau.homelinux.net
Thu Jul 3 14:55:18 CEST 2014

I am within easy reach of Brighton, but unfortunately not available 


On 2014-07-01 20:53, wonderphone at posteo.de wrote:
> Hi all,
> It looks like an interesting initiative. Do we have somebody in the
> Brighton area who could go there and say "Hello"?
> Am 28.06.2014 11:45 schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
>> Am 28.06.2014 um 11:17 schrieb Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller:
>>> Hi,
>>> there appears to be a new initiative which is taking all our values 
>>> (openness, freedom, community development, ) and casting it into a 
>>> new name:
>>> 	http://indiephone.eu/faq/
>>> "The most common answer to that is that no other product is currently 
>>> attempting to solve the problem as Indie Phone. That problem is how 
>>> to empower mere mortals to own their own data. This is why we are 
>>> crafting a beautiful experience that seamlessly combines hardware, 
>>> software, and services, to create a consumer smartphone to compete 
>>> with the likes of iPhone and Nexus."
>>> e.g. compare to:
>>> 	http://www.openphoenux.org
>>> "You are the owner:
>>> 	• Be independent from big players.
>>> 	• Make the system transparent, not the user.
>>> 	• Keep control over your data."
>>> Their claim that "there is no other product" appears to be completely 
>>> ignoring all our efforts of the past years. And I am not aware of any 
>>> relation with us.
>>> They even copied to use the word "indie/independent".
>>> Does anyone know more about that?
>> I had in parallel contacted the indiephone.eu people and got an
>> immediate answer that I think I should share, before the discussion is
>> going wrong:
>> "Is there any chance you can make it to the summit? (Where are you 
>> based?)
>> Would love to be involved and I’m sure there is a lot we can learn
>> from you and perhaps we can bring some of you in to help us out with
>> the hardware side of things. Our approach is very different in that we
>> are focussed entirely on building independent consumer products that
>> are design-led from the business model down (holistic design). That
>> said, I believe we share the same goals independence and giving the
>> user control/owndership. Our user happens to be consumers whereas the
>> user for OpenPhoenux, as far as I can tell, is enthusiasts with
>> technical knowledge.
>> We should definitely be talking and helping each other out.
>> If you can make it to Brighton next week — please try and come on the
>> 3rd for our private social meet-up prior to the event as I’d love the
>> opportunity to chat one-on-one :)
>> (And, although the schedule is tight, I believe we can squeeze in
>> just one demo during the eat, drink, and watch session at lunch if you
>> want 3 minutes to show off what you guys are working on.)"
>> The summit mentioned appears to be this:
>> 	https://indietech.org/summit/
>> If anyone wants to and can go to Brighton next week, please let me
>> know to arrange the 3 minutes with the summit organisers.
>> BR,
>> Nikolaus
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