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Gathering the parts together for the phone

Morning all,

Okay so we want to make the phone. It'll have to be reasonably portable and at some point I can harangue one of my design friends like Paul Lupson into making a case for it. But in the meantime we still have to prove that the idea is valid and that indeed we can build a Linux cell phone.

I started looking for parts and the first thing that we need is a really small Linux computer. So Google yielded me some interesting results most notably this resource list of Linux Single Board Computers (SBC's). Also check it out for an excellent primer on small embedded computers.

Making a Linux Cellphone at Home

I want a linux cellphone that i can program in any damn language I want. I want to access the call controls and I want to access the data layer. I don't want to pay 3000 dollars or more for a rip off membership for a carrier developer program nor do I want to accept half assed functionality in walled gardens. I'm a developer and hacker and I want my phone to do what I need it to so that I can make applications that I want to use.

If you cant join em, beat em. Time to make a Linux GSM Phone. At home.

Okay. So I have been thinking about this for a while now and now the time has come to get started and also enlist the help of the greater community in getting this project done and also in expanding its realm. I am the first to admit i can take things so far then after that its up to the experts.

Well finally something again

I'm finally getting to having a webpage again. The last time was in 1995/6 when I was working at the BBC and consistently my web page would come to the top of Alta Vista's results. That annoyed a few people at the BBC and it got taken down. Those were the days in which you argued for days with producers that 500 quid on a website was a good idea and yes the internet was a useful medium. I'll post some details here on projects and ideas piecemeal as i get time from my contracts.

I'll also take time to post something to my medialab account as well - I owe Professor Mike Bove at least that for enduring me for 2 years :-)