Event details

Openmoko is dead: Long live OpenPhoenux!

von Nikolaus Schaller (Golden Delicious Computers GmbH&Co. KG), Lukas Märdian (FSO/SHR Project)

Saturday, 26.05.2012, London, 11:00-11:30 Uhr

In 2007 Openmoko Inc. launched the first smartphone which follows an open hardware approach. Schematics and 3D CAD data had been published under a CC license.

After two hardware generations (GTA01 and GTA02) their phone business broke down due to the economic crisis. A large and active community was left behind, lacking new hardware generations. In order to continue the dream of an open smartphone platform, Golden Delicious Computers took the ball and continued the development.

The first result is the GTA04 platform which is called "OpenPhoenux". It provides on the one hand a new motherboard with a state-of-the-art hardware specification for all GTA01/02 phones. On the other hand, the Phoneux provides a solid foundation and an extensible platform for the development of other mobile devices of different kinds such as smartphones, tablets or industrial measurement devices.

Due to the free availability of the full CAD data, new housings can now be built from different materials using a 3D printer.

The talk will be about the hardware platform, its history of origin, current and future possibilities and currently available software distributions that have been developed by the Openmoko community.

Über den Autor Nikolaus Schaller:

Dr. Nikolaus Schaller has been educated in Computer and Communication Engineering and worked many years in Academia and Industry as Developer, Product Manager and Lecturer. Since five years he is heading a company. Nikolaus is member of the IEEE, VDE and GI.

Über den Autor Lukas Märdian:

Student of Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich. Involved in several free software projects since 2008, especially in the SHR project, a Linux distribution for mobile handhelds and the FreeSmartphone.Org project, which is a middleware for mobile phones. Furthermore, involved in the GTA04 (OpenPhoenux) project, which aims to produce a fully open and free smartphone.