At 1/3 the development cost, it must either be significantly less complex than the planned GTA03, or re-use significantly more of the hardware that Openmoko already has expertise in. I'm guessing a mixture of the two. It will reuse a lot of the hardware that is in the GTA02, but will be somewhat simpler. So no GSM, probably no GPS, possibly only one wireless technology (Bluetooth) and probably a display, but driven directly by the CPU, not by any glamo.
Openmoko clearly sees their strength as the community so they will doubtlessly be planning to leverage us. So it seems reasonable to expect the device will be something that we will want, and something that we can add significant value to by doing interesting things. So expect that when it gets announced, I'm going to want one. That should give me a hint as to what it is - what do I want.
About the only thing that I can think of that is both less than the Freerunner (We know it is less complex) and also more that the Freerunner (so that I might want one) is some sort of home-based serve thingy. It would seem that Linksys have that market already covered though. But maybe it is something in the same line only better. Multiple ethernet, USB, eSATA ports plus ADSL2+ and Wifi. I'd certainly buy a box like that if it was all open. And quiet.
Does anyone else with better imagination that me have other guesses. Some small computer-based device that you've always wanted but could never find one that was open enough?
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