It's directed at niche target. I'm actually positively surprised that it reached 200 this fast.
Have you actually used the N900 touchscreen? I wouldn't replace it with any capacitive crap.
Sure, those are the components and those are manufactured wherever Texas Instruments, Panasonic and other vendors manufacture them. The Neo900 itself will however be assembled in Germany, as that's the best the project can do with its resources (similarly to what Raspberry Pi did with assembling in UK).
It might be true to some components sourced externally, but Neo900 itself is going to be manufactured in Bavaria (Germany), just like GTA04 was.
50% more free!
It's not "stored in firmware". The described OS *is* a firmware.
The goal has been changed from money based (100k EUR) to explicitely people based (200/1000 buyers).
However, it's not over. The project has decided to continue the campaign, as they need as many "preorders" as possible in order to lower the price of the device (by producing more than just 200) and make production of some custom parts more feasible. Therefore their next goal is set to 100 000 €."
I wouldn't buy Neo900 if it had a capacitive screen.
It's for sure mentioned many times on Maemo Talk thread. You might also want to place your cursor near "Micro-AB 2.0 (OTG)" in Neo900 specification page to see a little tooltip...
GSM - free GSM module doesn't exists, replacing sw means revoke of certification and using non-certified device on public network is illegal
GPU - only 3D acceleration is non-free. OSes like SHR or QtMoko don't need 3D acceleration and work great without it, with 100% FLOSS stack
WiFi - it *might* be non-free (as in firmware, drivers will be free no matter what), but only if no acceptable free module can be found
Because the creation of new case would be the most expensive part of the project at such low production runs.
Here is a video presenting the idea: http://youtu.be/EJHMXQ3nSt0
If your donation is above 100 eur, then that amount will be deducted from your purchase of the final version of the Neo900. The final motherboard is expected to be in the range of 500-700 eur depending on the amount of orders and availability of components."
Link to Original Source
The Neo900 project hasn't been forgotten. We're working very hard in order to make our dream come true, and we still keep in mind our promises about not working behind the walls. To be able to properly develop bug-free devices, we first need to build prototypes, which are quite expensive. That's why we have launched a fundraiser with a goal of 25k EUR. The fundraiser will actually provide triple purpose, as your donated money will also serve as a discount on the final device price and it will give us a feedback about number of interested customers, so we can bring the project forward. The further development will start as soon as the minimal amount needed to proceed arrive.
The Neo900 project aims to support a range of different operating systems on the hardware, and mention QtMoko, SHR, Debian, Replicant as well as Maemo, Ubuntu and Firefox OS. Personally, I am hoping that it will be compatible with Sailfish OS."