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The Magic Box!

I was creating some LaTeX Beamer slides for a presentation on FreeBird when Mobin and his Google SoC friends came with a box:

The Magic Box! What is inside?

What's inside the magic box? The world's first freed phone, yes, an OpenMoko based Neo 1973!!

The world's first "freed" phone, and the first phone whose developers encourage you to take it apart and have fun!

The phone + other stuff The OpenMoko!

I hear the critics saying: "*hack* a phone - isn't that stupid - we just want a pretty phone which works". I shall ask them to go and read Computer Programming for Everybody (CP4E) . And, think a bit!

Today's kids are growing up with computers - `programming' as we know it today, will no longer be an `elite' activity limited to a profession called `programmers', `scientists' or `software engineers'. The `computer' will no longer be a mysterious box to be worshipped but a dear friend `embedded' in all kinds of appliances. `Programming' will be more of a basic skill like Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - and everybody will be a `programmer', to a certain extend (just like all of us are `writers'!).

Now, imagine such an `Information Society - ver 2.0' full of people who have the power to understand and control the computer (and not just click at pretty icons) surrounded by a sea of devices and software which screams out `change me NOT', `understand me NOT', `modify me NOT', `share me NOT' ... doesn't that sound stupid?

Look at GNU/Linux, the Free Software movement, and the world's first freed phone from this perspective, and you will appreciate it better.

Booting - close up! Booting GNU/Linux!

The interface/debug board OpenMoko Manual!

Thank you, Mobin and friends, for such a wonderful gift!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)

I think, one can explore a lot of things using such a `freed' phone. Curious and thrilled to learn more about it! I hope you will keep us updated on your hacks (on this device).
Oct. 20th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
good choice....but u cant even touch the gsm stack(calypso)..i was always inspired by your work.we are working on a different phone. opentsm .. if you are interested..make a look in to http://wiki.thc.org/-- gsm scanner using usrp and to http://wiki.thc.org/gsm/opentsm . irc #gsm @ freenode

Oct. 20th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the links ... interesting work!
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
can we 'debootstrap' openmoko ?
Last week, I have debootstrapped the Armadillo 9 and mananged to run enlightenment WM on it :). It was interesting to see a tiny board running running enlightenment window manger in an ordinary monitory (Armadillo 9 is based on arm9 , Cirrus EP9315)

I also have put a mail to openmoko people in the past requesting for a developer version. But there was no reply :(

Maxin B John
Oct. 22nd, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: can we 'debootstrap' openmoko ?
What do you mean by `debootstrapping'?

Jul. 16th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
I tried telling CMOS that there was no second drive because someone suggested that method to get linux to recognize a larger drive, but my drive is 3GB.
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
In the following I describe my actions in detail - but there is no reason for you to follow this too closely.
Oct. 9th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
And there is no reason why a blind child can't enjoy the same sports as his sighted peers, as a fan, or a participant or both.
Jul. 16th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Comment by mahendrap — July @ pm Mahendra, Thanks for the collection of links and resources - very interesting and useful.
Oct. 20th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
wow... great!!
I hope i was there to see that lil excitement on your face when you find something to explore... it would have been really great..

cant wait to see it.. but alas i cant :(

Oct. 22nd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
aha! thats a wonderful gift :)

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