OpenMoko’s OM2008.9 for the Neo FreeRunner

“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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