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[Freedombox-discuss] 'No sysadmin' is the key to Freedom Box

On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 03:19:23PM -0500, Deborah Nicholson spake thusly:
> A better model than mobile phones might be the XO. It should be ridiculously
> easy to use, plus drop-able and spill on-able and not super power hungry. If we
> envision this being used in places where the political situation has caused the
> internet to be pulled, then easy *and* rugged are pretty key.

I think the XO is a very good example of why you want to avoid
designing/building your own hardware at all costs. I bought an XO via the buy
two get one program. Between that and the OpenMoko (another expensive mistake)
I've learned my lesson on hardware.

A mobile phone is common and inconspicuous. An XO is instantly recognizeable
for what it is which isn't a good thing in our intended environment.

Tracy Reed
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