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[News] New Operating System for OpenMoko, More on Linux/Free Phones

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OpenMoko's OM2008.9 for the Neo FreeRunner

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| The OpenMoko project recently released a much-needed update to the official 
| software stack of the Neo FreeRunner. I've had a FreeRunner for a few months 
| and during that time I have used it to run everything from Debian to Qtopia 
| (now known as QT Extended), so when OpenMoko announced the OM2008.9 update I 
| eagerly upgraded to see what it had to offer.    


This week in open source: Android, Fennec, Qt for S60

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| This was an exciting week for open source mobile technologies. Google finally 
| released the source code for its Linux-based Android mobile platform. The 
| source code can be obtained from the kernel.org git repository and Google has 
| published documentation at the Android wiki describing how third-party 
| developers can contribute code to the project.    



OpenMoko CEO: Embrace fragmentation, diversity is a strength

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| During his presentation, Moss-Pultz looked back at the successes and
| challenges encountered by the OpenMoko community in the past year and talked
| about how the project's adaptability and commitment to freedom have
| contributed to its current status.
| Although the OpenMoko concept was initially met with enormous skepticism, it
| has achieved success and is now generating profit. The company's first
| handset, the Neo1973, was manufactured in limited quantity and sold out
| completely within the first three days after it launched. Demand for the
| product was unexpectedly high, and Moss-Pultz humorously remarked that it
| probably would have sold out faster if the servers had been able to better
| withstand the massive traffic.


Open source phone goes to college

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| OpenLab will encourage students to develop their own projects based on
| Openmoko software and hardware, says Openmoko. Working with National Tsing
| Hua University, Openmoko has developed a curriculum for OpenLab that is being
| released under a creative commons share-alike license.
| [...]
| Stated Jyuo-Min-Shyu, Dean, Tsing Hua College of Electronic Engineering and
| Computer Sciences, "The lab is great, and we have Neo FreeRunner phones right
| at our students' fingertips."


Open Linux phone gets datacasts

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| The Communications Research Center Canada (CRC) has created a prototype
| handset that can receive datacasting signals. Its Linux-based "Openmokast"
| phone is built atop OpenMoko's open-source Neo FreeRunner phone platform, and
| along with typical smartphone functions, supports reception of live digital
| radio, video, and data broadcasts.


I'm super excited to begin work on this project [porting DeviceScape to the

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| To the best of my knowledge this is the first (or one of the first) non-FIC
| commercial applications being ported/developed for the OpenMoko/FreeRunner
| stack.


First Openmoko Custom Phone Now Available and Wears a Debian Plaid Kilt

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| The Openmoko Neo Freerunner phone was released only a few weeks ago, and
| already, a customized version called the W.E. Phone is now available for
| purchase. So what's the difference between the naked-as-a-baby Neo and the
| Canadian-based W.E.? The latter comes with a full bundle of custom Google
| applications, on top of the core GNU/Linux OS base with dialing, SMS and
| contacts.


OpenMoko Neo Freerunner - Part 1

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| Openmoko, born as a Free Software project under  GPL and LGPL license, is
| dedicated to delivering an open software stack on mobile platforms. Openmoko
| shipped its first product, the Neo 1973, on July 9 2007; and then turned into
| a start-up company with one aim: create great mobile products using the
| Openmoko stack: Open. Mobile. Free.
| The first Openmoko product, the Neo 1973, sold exclusively through Openmoko
| Online Shop. It sold out in early February 2008.
| Openmoko started selling the Neo FreeRunner (GTA02), the second generation of
| Neo, on July 3, 2008. It is available through the Openmoko Online Shop or
| national distributers.
| I received my FreeRunner as part of the first batch of orders shipped on July
| 7th.  I've now been playing with it for 10 days and these are my impressions.
| [...]
| All said and done I really like the phone.  And, like the main devs, am
| hesitant to call it a "phone".  It is really a handheld Linux computer that
| happens to have GPS and a GSM phone built-in.

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