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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