Cases ? geek stuff ? marketing !

Ron K. Jeffries rjeffries at
Wed Dec 8 16:50:59 EST 2010


Your idea has a ~lot~ of merit. I suggest it would be best if this
"user app store"
is independent of Sharisim and qi-hardware to avoid ongoing concerns
or issues on whether a given app is appropriate. There might be a way
to designate "patent free" apps, but I propose we ~not~ make that
purity a condition
of being listed.
Ron K. Jeffries

On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 13:40, David Kuehling <dvdkhlng at> wrote:
>>>>>> "Christoph" == Christoph Pulster <openmoko at> writes:
>>>> I prefer read notes about SW and HW development,
>>> More of that would indeed be welcome.
>> Talking from the sales frontier, the interest has dropped.  I suggest
>> to consider much more, how to get interesting customers like
>> university projects, solution providers, value added resellers (VARs).
>> I am not talking about the big or fast money, but just to finance the
>> project and its future.  My suggestion is to strenghten the cartridge
>> idea as mentioned on the Wiki. Ready-to-use microSD cards with
>> self-installing applications which make the "basis unit" to a
>> Wikireader, retro gaming console, PDA etc.
> I've been thinking about that and came to a similar but simpler idea:
> what about a "program archive" website dedicated to sharing Nanonote
> programs?
> Currently people have to checkout the full open-wrt toolchain and invest
> some hours of compile time before they can get any new software on their
> nanonote.  And on the other side the only viable means of publishing new
> ported/created software is for using this mailinglist and getting the
> stuff added to official images.  This is a very huge barrier to
> entrance.
> During my time at the high-school I was part of the TI-92 assembly
> programming community which hacked texas instruments graphing
> calculators to run self-made machine code programs on them.  I think
> this community was so highly productive because not only did we have a
> mailinglist to share development ideas, but because there was a huge
> program archive where everybody could contribute new software to.  It
> was as easy as zipping a program with a short readme file, then
> uploading it, with a short description via a webpage form.  Then editors
> sorted it a little, sometimes added screenshots and stuff.
> The website is still there and still productive: . I
> really think this is a great example for how a website can enable and
> support a development community.  The wiki+git-based
> does currently not even come close, IMO.
> Nowadays such kind of website might be called an app-store :)
> For the nanonote, such software distribution could be used to distribute
> non-official .ipk packages.  Though I think barrier to entrance might be
> greatly reduced by getting more *scripted* programs (python/lua/tcl etc)
> out there.  People would normally not bother getting such stuff into the
> firmware images, but they might consider uploading it to a program
> archive (for example I currently have some NanoNote Forth scripts
> sitting in my SVN archive since I don't know where else to put them.
> There they are just invisible to most people).
> Also having this stuff readily available for others to look at and learn
> From would help new-comers a lot.
> Just what I'm thinking.  Getting such a programming archive up and
> running will require quite a lot of work.  I know, everybody is already
> very busy with the more important stuff :)
> cheers,
> David
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