[Gta04-owner] Antwort: Re: How to bring forward the community?

Norayr Chilingarian norayr at arnet.am
Wed Feb 29 10:57:57 CET 2012

There is a replacement gsm firmware for some cheap motorola mobile phones, as well as for gta02 radio. However, as far as I know free gsm firmware for gta04 boards does not exist(yet).
Also, with free gsm firmware carrier may not be able to use our phones to spy on us by remotely listening everything we talk, however, carrier still may keep all our talk recordings, and all our smses.
So how I use my smartphones, including openmoko gta02 is just I don't have any sim card inside. Then I use pidgin with ssl connection to connect to my own jabber server.
This way google knows about my talks with gtalk jabber buddies, but not with jabber.org buddies, and, most importantly, google is not a local carrier, which can give info on every request by local security services.
Sometimes I think that using data only sim card may help, but prefer to stick to public and own wifi connections when possible.
So I think we need to educate people, so they understand that carriers eventully must become just another internet providers.
Not more, not less. More people use phones as jabber clients, sooner carriers will turn into internet providers. 

On Wed Feb 29 2012 01:26:03 PM AMT, Sven Dyroff <S.Dyroff at phytec.de> wrote:

> > > > What would we need to get New Spirit into our Community?
> > > 
> > > We need courage bashing Apple and Android as the evil, sucking our 
> datas 
> > > and brains. Giving as the feeling of heros, only left free human 
> beings, 
> > > victors of Goliaths.
> > > 
> > > The aestethics of home-brewn projects is disattracting even geeks 
> > > nowadays. Openmoko Inc. did quite a good job here, hiding all the
> > > tech   stuff in beta-status under a stylish mobile idea, calling it a
> > > mixture   of revolution and art.
> > > 
> > > A new platine is not enough, even with zillions of features included.
> > > We need a story together with it. We need a myth.
> > 
> > Hi Christoph,
> > after sleeping a night (and fastening my seat belts as every morning),
> > I think you have hit the key point:
> > 
> > we get sportive spirit by competition.
> > 
> > So the question is, with whom we (this community) are competing?
> > 
> > E.g.
> > * QtMoko & SHR vs. Android & iOS & Win Mobile etc.!
> > * GTA04's flexibility and hw-modifiability vs. any commercial device!
> > * the art of self modifiable 3D-printed case vs. take what you get!
> > 
> > etc.
> > 
> > So let's start/continue/speed up competing against the rest of the
> > world 
> :)
> > 
> > Nikolaus
> I slightly disagree.   We need to distinguish two things: Software and 
> hardware.
> The software QtMoko and SHR competes with the data sucking and 
> brainwashing evil software iOS, Android, Win, etc. But as far as I
> learned   up to date this is independent from the GTA04, because at least
> some   mainstream mobiles can be hacked and so this evil can be casted
> out,   easily. There's no need to buy a very expensive, clumsy and much
> energy   scuffing GTA04 for doing that.
> No, at least my reason for willing to have the GTA04 is, that this
> mobile   is about to cast out the hardware evils of Apple, Nokia, Sony
> Ericsson   etc.: All the constantly increasing malware that will be
> fitted into the   modems. Please remember how aggressive political
> leaders barfed as soon as   they found out how secure the first versions
> of 2G GSM have been. They   threatened providers with cancelling their
> licences if they will not give   secret services access to the data
> streams. Now what about all the   undocumented stuff the 3G UMTS
> contains? And who knows about all the shit   we can expect the 4G LTE
> has? Please remember the discussion within this   mailling list about
> closed black box modems with closed firmware and even   an own battery
> that prevents them to be switched off, completely. I claim   in future
> times we will even have to think about to develop our own open   modems
> in order to get rid of all that shit.
> I strongly agree with Christoph that we need a myth, in order to
> increase   our power. But It would be a great failure to try to invent
> one. Fact is,   we're already about to write it. Every day where we're
> proceeding with   this project!
> Sven

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