"Not a single line of closed code will have to run on main CPU to be able to use the Neo900. With an exception to 3D acceleration, which is not necessary to operate the device, FLOSS Linux drivers will be available for every single component."
I'm sticking with Replicant on my Galaxy Nexus...at least I have it in my phone now working, the specs are comparable (dispite being a couple years old) and I got it used cheap. I'm not getting much more benefit with the Neo900 dispite the significant price tag. I'll wait for a fully free software stack, including modem processor.
Neo900 project realized that (and the lack of resources to build the modern modem at all - the needed amount is enormous), so instead of trying to make free baseband and failing inevitably, it's going to include some kind of "sandbox" allowing for tight monitoring of everything the modem does.
Openness is a feature and unfortunately it has a price, and honestly I would not care about the speed or screen resolution.
I mean the lower the screen size, the more little pixels are anyways, so why care about the resolution ?
Screen size is a stupid debate. You want a large screen to browse the web, but not too large because you will use it as a phone ? And even if it's 7 inch or 5 inch, people will try to load bigger apps and it won't work. People want to browse the web on their phone and be comfortable and not look stupid. 1st world problem, as always.
I think all you can want for such a device is to post on forums, see some pictures, chat, quickly view and answer mail, read documents, but for the rest, stop complaining and find a place to sit down with your laptop.
I agree that openness is the greatest value for Neo900.
Before Neo900 got announced I was considering Jolla as my next phone, but they failed to deliver on the 'truly open' promise.
The alternative would be to run something like Replicant/Cyanogenmod on an Android device, but with the Samsung backdoor news Cyanogenmod doesn't look too good.
And Replicant doesn't support GPS on any of its target devices.
So that really leaves little choice as to what phone I'll buy next, and currently Neo900 is at the top of my list.
Exactly that. I carry an n900 as my daily use phone/pda and it works great as a "better-than-nothing" device for ssh access/websurfing. Its' strength is that I have it 24/7 not that it is as good as a desktop/laptop.
I'm looking forward to the neo. I'd like it to be faster, yes. but that requirement is way down the list.
Currently the donation meter shows 340 devices: http://neo900.org/#donate
I think the hacker market is large enough to sell out at least a few batches of this thing.
SSH+X11vnc+WindowMaker(with settings changed)
It's old and clunky, but it still does 'real stuff' better than the pile of Android devices I have.
Office displays progressed from 1024x768 to 1280x1024, and in most cases did not need to go further to 1600x1200. My laptop is useable at 1366x768, whereas lower resolutions aren't. And my phone is about right at 1280x720, whereas I could neither type nor browse the web on 800x480.
I'm sad to say it, but I'll be waiting for the second generation.
Its not a phone that's best for web browsing. Its a phone that is capable of doing everything else using what's known as a "terminal emulator", something likely unavailable on your phone you're going to buy instead. At least not a stock one supporting a Bourne Shell (c. 1970s?) using Debian-based Linux standard utilities (c. 1990s?).
Because if you care more about a (slightly less small) small screen than everything else the Neo900 offers, you're going to be waiting a long time.