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OpenMoko's OM2008.9 for the Neo FreeRunner

Oct 28, 2008, 21:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cory Wright)

"The first thing I noticed when booting the FreeRunner into OM2008.9 was the shiny new boot splash screen. Previously one had to watch two to three minutes of kernel messages scrolling down the screen before arriving at any sort of GUI. For us geeks this not only was cool, but sometimes even useful. However, whenever I showed the FreeRunner booting to my plebian friends it always evoked the same sort of "WTF?" bewilderment. Adding a simple splash screen for the boot process is one of those little things that actually adds a lot of polish (even if it simply displays a pair of boots, as it oddly does).

"Once the GUI was started and the FreeRunner is ready I noticed the nice icons on the home screen. The icons are bright and colorful, although not necessarily indicative of the functionality they represent. By default there are only 6 icons: Contacts, Dialer, Locations, Messages, Settings, and Sudoku. These are icons for applications that run on OM2008.9. More applications can be added with the built-in Installer that is shown at the bottom of the screen."

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