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Submission + - Open (geeks)phone, but not OpenMoko (wordpress.com) 3

relliker writes: Geeks always wanted "open" phones. Then came Openmoko's Neo 1973 in 2007 followed by the Neo Freerunner in 2008. While both phones never made a big hit worldwide as usable end-user phones due to their under-developed OSes they remain two of the very few truly open phones and loved by their community who are still hacking around different flavours of Linux and phone stacks onto the device. Now, however, other "open" devices are coming out providing new hacker playgrounds without the need to circumvent a ton of developer un-friendly closedness first. Following on the heels of Openmoko's openness (although not too open) comes the geeksphone ONE, an Android (for now) developer-friendly phone that does not need to be rooted and hacked just to get into it. With more modern hardware than the 1973 and the FreeRunner which includes a sliding 40-key qwerty keyboard, all the modern magic of camera, GPS, accelerometers, wifi, 3G etc. and a relatively cheap price this could be the do-it-all smart-phone that really starts off THE open revolution so long awaited by developers and geeks worldwide in the smart-phone scene.

Comment Re:Why would any other country help enforce this? (Score 1) 254

I mean, suppose Rupert Murdoch became prime minister of Australia

Impossible. Murdoch is now an American national, so wouldn't be eligible for election to our parliament. A more likely scenario would be the USA repealing laws so foreign born citizens could become President. Rupert is nearly 80 but Arnie would most certainly be the next Republican candidate.

Comment Caveat Emptor (Score 1) 198

Red Hat doesn't have the resources, nor even the incentive to pursue GPL violation lawsuits for Android - Google is the custodian here. Now you may argue it is Google's job to do this but they, for whatever reason, ain't.

If you buy a device, without the protection of the GPL, don't expect support or updates from your cheap Chinese knock-off. i.e. Your Android version may be stuck at 2.3 for the life of the device. Which if you are content to be stuck in 2010 for the next 3 years, or however you long you envisage keeping it, so be it.

Buying GPL-friendly offers the protection that one day you *could* roll-your-own long after vendor updates have disappeared. New releases and performance increases aside, security updates are a consideration.

Garrett has been kind enough to publish a list of non-compliant hardware. If you choose to ignore that list, good luck to you sir!

Comment Re:Not the Best List (Score 1) 203

i suspect we'll see a general shift towards capacitive touchscreen netbooks within a year. The phone and iPad markets will lower the cost of production to the point where it makes sense.
Expecting Windows to provide the touchscreen experience is unnecessary. There's now Android. If Intel were smart, they'd release an Atom that had the necessary virtualisation extensions. OEMs could configure Android (or Meego, as favoured by Intel) and Windows to run in a Xen hypervisor.
Thus providing the Android experience in ipad-killer mode but switching seamlessly to Win7 in netbook mode. Having one device that's both a tablet and allows one to do 'real' work i.e. Office is a selling point above ARM devices.

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