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Searching for buyers NeoFreerunner GTA04: free smartphone tries again

Almost four years ago I wrote an article (I have also spoken here and here ) in which I spoke of the imminent launch of the first smartphone built according to the typical principles of Free Software and Open Source. Many of you will remember, in fact, the NeoFreerunner produced by OpenMoko and others will remember that this magnificent gadget, on which so many have put a huge confidence, disappointed as regarded the real usabilità.Oggi, after more than three years , here check out a new "revision" of the hardware NeoFreerunner: the GTA04 . Will this be the right time to have a smartphone completely free?

Let me say that after the "burn" with the purchase of the then suffered horrendously NeoFreerunner, I would move with extreme caution and for that I avoid to answer yes to the question that I asked myself. On this point I would make two observations from which the evincerà because of my failure to take a position.

First let's start with what were some of the problems that plagued the "old" NeoFreerunner: 1) have a hardware only partly free; 2) mismanagement of the graphics department in hardware with processor bus (the hated Glamo ) shared with that of the memory card. Virtually all projects operating systems created for the Freerunner you are stranded on the slowness and lack of responsiveness of the graphical interface that made the user experience of this smartphone at all appealing.

One of the aspects that, however, the more I liked and which I'm really happy to have been (and still be) the owner of the old Freerunner GTA02, also known as the "soap" for its unique look, is that it has known and visited the Italian community of telefoninux.org .

Coming to the new hardware of the Neo Freerunner, for which specific, I refer you to the official website , the considerations that do relate to the costs and technologies used. These two aspects leave me very puzzled about the real success of the project and especially make me give up the idea to buy one. In fact, the hardware, though significantly higher than the previous version, is quite dated. Let's talk about a system that nowadays is not even comparable to many entry-level smartphone low end ... I wonder ... with the frenetic technological evolution of CPU and GPU, what sense would buy a product already "old"? It would make sense only if the cost of having a mobile phone totally free was only slightly larger than an equal level of closed type, but it is not so! To take home a GTA04 you should shell out at best at least 400 euro and up to over 500 ... for me it is not worth the money.

I close, linkandovi what he wrote about one of the admin (as well as founder) of the website telefoninux.org, m0nt0, that I can fully subscribe!
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  1. Matthew Zaffo '80
    February 3, 2012 at 12:10 | # 1

    I fully agree, I also possess a GTA02.

    Out of curiosity, what distribution you have installed on your phone?

  2. stefano
    February 3, 2012 at 24:17 | # 2

    Hello Matthew,

    actually I tried almost all.
    Certainly the most intriguing to me was SHR, while the most usable (especially as department telephone) was QtMoko which is still one installed.
    I also tried Android but I was not convinced at all ... too slow! :)

    You distro that you have on the other hand?

  3. Matthew Zaffo '80
    February 3, 2012 at 13:05 | # 3

    I currently have installed Qtmoko, whereas in the past I had installed SHR.

    I was switched to SHR to have something more complete than the distribution installed by default and must say that SHR has endured a lot on my FreeRunner. Then I wanted to try the nenonata QtMoko and I was very impressed.

    Android instead I was a little disappointed, I thought I would go better with the GTA04 (much too slow for me). Maybe I'll try again after a new release.

    I attora instead Debian with LXDE, I am curious to see how it behaves. One day or the other to try installing it on SD.

  4. stefano
    February 3, 2012 at 13:10 | # 4

    @ Zaffo Matthew 80:
    +1 For Debian with LXDE ... I would try to see how it goes!

  5. Matthew Zaffo '80
    February 14, 2012 at 13:22 | # 5

    I wanted to point out an article on Computer Point: "The return of OpenMoko" ( http://punto-informatico.it/3437448/PI/News/ritorno-openmoko.aspx )

  1. February 2, 2012 at 18:01 | # 1