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dhns
post Mar 24 2008, 06:49 AM
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I was offered recently a small and nice Linux PDA Phone. It has a 2.4 QVGA touchscreen, Quadband GSM, Bluetooth, Camera and runs Qtopia Phone Edition. Some experimentation has shown that it is possible to ftp/telnet into the device. And, it weights just 90g and is only approx. 2/3 of the size of the Neo 1973 although the display isn't much smaller. What do you think I should do?

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Edit: some photos are shown here: http://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showto...st&p=175686
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post Apr 9 2008, 01:55 AM
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Yes, that's the old discussion...
I definitely fall into the category prefering mature software over new software.
dhns put it correctly in my opinion:
Having a mature kernel eliminates the need for long periods of testing, and as we saw with the Zaurus project: Once the basic system finally is quite stable and feature-rich enough to make the device really useful, the manufacturer stops making the device.

So I really like the approach of this phone here.

OTOH, a smartphone without a QWERTY keyboard is not really useful for me.
I have one now, a T-Mobile SDA running Windows Mobile.
It replaces the zaurus now in some aspects, but it is a pain.
Text can only be entered using the phone numeric keyboard and using T9.
Text entry via touchscreen, as this new phone features, makes it a bit easier, but this would not be enough for real work for me.
I need to maintain databases, enter a lot of text (writing notes / diaries / web pages / papers...) and all this should be as compatible as possible to my Windows PC at work an my mac at home.
I admit this is not an easy profile to meet with a Linux smartphone. ;-)

But, as someone else said, I only need Linux on a phone if I can really make use of the flexibility, i.e. if this is my always-with-me mini PC. If I only use it as a phone, and carry a seperate "Mini-PC" with me, I don't need Linux on that phone.

Well, my 2 cents. As always, YMMV.

Nonetheless, a very interesting phone which could be einteresting for special projects and for some (!) private users.

In order to sell 1000 of then, though, I think you will need to find a larger company using this phone for a project.

Or maybe, with good advertising, this can be made a new standard phone for companies with field staff, which must communicate with each other a lot and sync with intranet servers etc...
Like the comany I work for.
Having different systems when sitting at the customer's plant makes it difficult for us to share information and PIMs.

If we all had one kind of flexible phone, which is able to sync with the Intranet server (Lotus Domino / Notes), and which allows to enter information easily and quickly (keyboard...) etc., then we all would be much happier.
Maybe we should discuss that offline ;-)

daniel

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dhns   Letux 380: Small And New Linux (qt) Phone To Come   Mar 24 2008, 06:49 AM
Dromede   Motorola A1200?   Mar 24 2008, 07:23 AM
dhns   QUOTE(Dromede @ Mar 24 2008, 04:23 PM) Mo...   Mar 24 2008, 07:50 AM
canguy247   Mail it to me...   Mar 24 2008, 07:45 AM
dhns   QUOTE(canguy247 @ Mar 24 2008, 04:45 PM) ...   Mar 24 2008, 07:51 AM
zmiq2   no 3G? then you shouldn't consider it ...   Mar 25 2008, 03:02 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 12:02 PM) no 3...   Mar 25 2008, 03:05 AM
zmiq2   Nowadays, for a mobile equipment, I find it more u...   Mar 25 2008, 05:00 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 02:00 PM) Nowa...   Mar 25 2008, 05:08 AM
zmiq2   Uhm.. I see But if all connectivity I have is blu...   Mar 25 2008, 05:17 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 02:17 PM) But ...   Mar 25 2008, 05:23 AM
zmiq2   And for plain phone calls and SMS Linux has no rea...   Mar 25 2008, 08:33 AM
dhns   QUOTE(zmiq2 @ Mar 25 2008, 05:33 PM) And ...   Mar 25 2008, 11:42 AM
dhns   So, here are some photos. What is your impression?...   Mar 26 2008, 12:00 AM
speculatrix   a very interesting device. if you take the battery...   Mar 26 2008, 04:05 PM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Mar 27 2008, 01:05 AM...   Mar 26 2008, 11:02 PM
stupkid   On a completely different subject, did you find th...   Mar 27 2008, 09:00 AM
dhns   QUOTE(stupkid @ Mar 27 2008, 06:00 PM) On...   Mar 28 2008, 12:28 PM
dhns   Here, I have two screen photos showing text input ...   Mar 29 2008, 01:09 AM
LinuxGadget   Finish?! And the company is ... SCNR   Mar 29 2008, 06:52 AM
dhns   QUOTE(LinuxGadget @ Mar 29 2008, 03:52 PM...   Mar 29 2008, 08:53 AM
dhns   The device has got a name: Letux 380 Dear all, no...   Mar 31 2008, 09:52 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 06:52 PM) [*] b...   Apr 1 2008, 01:37 AM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 1 2008, 11:37 AM) QUOTE(...   Apr 1 2008, 01:49 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 1 2008, 10:49 AM) 2.4 an...   Apr 1 2008, 02:10 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 1 2008, 12:10 PM)...   Apr 1 2008, 02:35 AM
speculatrix   the kernel, AIUI, in openmoko is pretty stable. al...   Apr 1 2008, 02:45 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 1 2008, 12:45 PM)...   Apr 2 2008, 08:52 PM
LinuxGadget   Sorry dhns, i really appreciate your efforts aroun...   Apr 3 2008, 08:58 AM
dhns   QUOTE(LinuxGadget @ Apr 3 2008, 06:58 PM)...   Apr 3 2008, 09:10 AM
HoloVector   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 2 2008, 11:52 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 3 2008, 09:46 AM
dhns   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 07:52 PM) busy...   Apr 2 2008, 08:50 PM
speculatrix   a year or more ago I'd have been very interest...   Mar 31 2008, 01:02 PM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Mar 31 2008, 11:02 PM...   Mar 31 2008, 11:01 PM
Jon_J   QUOTE(dhns @ Mar 31 2008, 12:52 PM) [[*] ...   Mar 31 2008, 02:22 PM
koen   Missing in 2.4: * decent powermanagement * decent...   Apr 3 2008, 09:44 AM
speculatrix   OK, one final reason to use kernel >= 2.6.23 ? ...   Apr 8 2008, 12:57 PM
dhns   Generally, I see the benefits of a 2.6.x kernel, b...   Apr 8 2008, 10:02 PM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 07:02 AM) The 2....   Apr 8 2008, 11:40 PM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 9 2008, 09:40 AM) QUOTE(...   Apr 9 2008, 12:11 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 09:11 AM) PS: th...   Apr 9 2008, 07:58 AM
dhns   QUOTE(koen @ Apr 9 2008, 05:58 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 9 2008, 08:17 AM
koen   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 05:17 PM) QUOTE(...   Apr 10 2008, 12:53 AM
daniel3000   Yes, that's the old discussion... I definitely...   Apr 9 2008, 01:55 AM
dhns   QUOTE(daniel3000 @ Apr 9 2008, 11:55 AM) ...   Apr 9 2008, 03:07 AM
Ragnorok   QUOTE(daniel3000 @ Apr 9 2008, 09:55 AM) ...   Apr 9 2008, 12:02 PM
speculatrix   2.6 is a proven kernel for an embedded mass-market...   Apr 9 2008, 02:22 AM
dhns   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Apr 9 2008, 12:22 PM)...   Apr 9 2008, 03:03 AM
speculatrix   QUOTE(dhns @ Apr 9 2008, 12:03 PM) Let...   Apr 9 2008, 04:43 AM


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