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Last we heard form Openmoko, it was packing and shipping the open-source FreeRunner for an early July release. So, here we are in early July and wouldn't you know it, the FreeRunner will be available for order starting Friday, July 4 with shipping to begin on Monday, July 7. As for details, we got 'em.
"Dear OpenMoko community, the FSO packaging team of the Debian project is happy to announce that we have started to provide installation procedures and packages required to have your FreeRunner run Debian-powered. This means that you can use your favorite tools such as apt-get and the other >20.000 packages on your FreeRunner, including the freesmartphone.org software stack.
Openmoko, creator of the first completely open mobile computing platform, today announced agreements with five distributors for the Neo Freerunner Open Source mobile phone. Today, Openmoko will begin shipping the next generation Neo Freerunner to Pulster, Golden Delicious Computers and TRIsoft located in Germany, Bearstech in France and IDA Systems based in India.
Fans of the OpenMoko Neo1973 open-source Linux handset will be glad to hear that they'll soon be able to get their hands on the Neo1973's successor in the near future. The OpenMoko FreeRunner sports a faster processor than its predecessor and adds three-axis motion sensors to the mix.
"I’ve been at DebConf for almost two week, but haven’t blogged a lot about it. It’s mostly because we’ve been working on getting Debian to run on the OpenMoko FreeRunner. Today we finally sent out the official annoucement for this ..."
From the same report earlier we made about the next Android phone comes yet another revelation. Some new shots & specs exclusive to iMAndroid have emerged. The pics are of Neo FreeRunner device running Android Platform. A little fuzzy, but its very likely that Neo FreeRunner will be the second Android Phone!
OpenMoko will start selling its Linux-based Neo FreeRunner phone online on July 4th, says the company. Billed as a completely open source, hackable hardware platform, the Neo FreeRunner will receive updated software with new location-based applications in August, says OpenMoko.