2012/5/23 Harald Welte <lafo...@gnumonks.org>: > Also, the fact when a particular event happens, and how it is publicized > is always considere important in the corporate world. Now if you like > that or not, Openmoko Inc. was (and still is) a commercial entity. And > it's up to its management to decide when and to whom to publish > something.
As a sidenote, I'd say that's something FLOSS communities should actually learn from commercial entities. Transparency is one thing, but preparing something well and getting it publicized in the right way is essential for any sort of success, community or otherwise. Way too often communities work in the way that kind of says "well there's me and a couple of other guys/gals who know how the thing really goes, others can always ask on IRC". Meanwhile, there is always the larger public perception that matters to success and eg. attracting new people that can be only affected by proper marketing and other PR. This naturally is very much seen in Openmoko - the public perception is very twisted and confused, and has always been since at least Spring 2009 when Om Inc stopped with the handset business. Even before that community vs. company picture wasn't clear and we all struggled to understand what "Openmoko" actually is, and what the community itself should take responsibility of or manage. The end result together with various other problems like with the hardware was a uniquely spread out and non-organized community. And so it is still today, with the exception that everyone has needed to find "their places" elsewhere but some still have stayed and understood the value of this gathering of people. To re-cap for historians again: 1) Openmoko Inc - the company - stopped phone business in May 2009 2) Openmoko - the Linux distribution - stopped likewise circa 2009. Several community distributions supporting Openmoko hardware and other phones still active and developed. SHR, Debian, QtMoko, Android4FreeRunner. 3) Openmoko - the hardware - GTA02 'Neo FreeRunner' still available from selected stores for tinkerers, non-Openmoko Inc "GTA04" upgrade now available, before that there was work on-going on "gta02-core", various hardware tools and knowledge on free hw creation have improved 4) Openmoko - the project and community - the 'Free The Phone' people are still here and even more "there": in distributions, in FreeSmartphone.Org/oFono, freeing up nonfree-by-default-phones (Mer/Replicant/etc), helping GTA04 effort and other new hardware projects. Wiki is still relevant and even updated in many parts, as are mailing lists, while most other services like software development have moved elsewhere like the single software projects or distributions One of the most important things that happened when Om Inc still was in the phone business was the birth of the (idea of) Om2009 distribution and the freesmartphone.org middleware. At that point the idea that "Openmoko software" would be needed kind of shifted away, the software side of the problem called 'phone' externalized to its own software project. Later on also oFono materialized as an alternative for the subset of the same problem space. -Timo _______________________________________________ Openmoko community mailing list email@example.com http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community