Android OS, and revisiting Open Source vs. Free Software

With the popularity of Android OS, and before it iOS and OS-X, it is time we realize (and become more aware of) the differences between Open Source & Free Software..

With the popularity of Android OS, and before it iOS and OS-X, it is time we realize (and become more aware of) the differences between Open Source & Free Software..

(small note: iOS and OS-X, both based upon the Apple Inc. initiated Darwin-OS project, is based largely on FreeBSD in its core, and uses a modified Mach kernel. Apple also contributes significantly upstream)

In the ‘perfect world’, all software would be ‘Free Software’ and there would be no need for the ‘Open Source’ pragmatic compromise…

(notice all the ‘scare quotes’ in the previous sentence..)

All the more reason to keep an eye on Nokia’s Maemo project, I say.

(reposted from TwitterBuzz, and Ferdi on FLOSS)

Response from the Indosat Wiigo team..

via gajeto.com Update: I’ve emailed the Indosat Wiigo pre-order team (which I got by visiting indosat.com/wiigo), asking about their el-cheapo Android OS handset, and they have answered some of my questions: 1. Does the Wiigo support GMail, Google…

Update: I’ve emailed the Indosat Wiigo pre-order team (which I got by visiting indosat.com/wiigo), asking about their el-cheapo Android OS handset, and they have answered some of my questions:

1. Does the Wiigo support GMail, Google Maps, Buzz etc.?
–  Does not support Google services.

2.Does it support Twitter, Facebook, Y!M, etc.?
– Non-Google have their own  3rd party apps.

3. Does it support Google Market?
– Does not support Google Market

4. What’s the processor speed?
– Maximum processor speed 624 Mhz Marvell PXA 310.

Their answers were quite as terse as I’ve outlined above, just four sentences. My questions were a bit longer; I summarized them to the above. The conversation was in Indonesian. No, their response did not inspire me want to want to buy the Wiigo more /:)

It seems that either the Wiigo marketing team need more training, or that even they don’t really believe in their product. Perhaps it’s both…

[Previously: The Indosat Wiigo Android On Demand – via Gajeto – the mind-Dumpster]

[Discussions at other places: Indosat Wiigo thread – forumponsel.com (in Indonesian)]

The way I figure it at Rp80000 for 4 gigabytes a month…

…its still cheaper to buy DVDs at Glodok for Rp20000 per DVD than to download over cell-provider HSDPA via Bittorrent etc. And Rp80 grand a month is pretty damn cheap already for broadband. (though the “band” is not really that “broad,” if you k…

…its still cheaper to buy DVDs at Glodok for Rp20000 per DVD than to download over cell-provider HSDPA via Bittorrent etc.

And Rp80 grand a month is pretty damn cheap already for broadband.

(though the “band” is not really that “broad,” if you know what I mean. Still way, way better than dial-up though.)

The Indosat Wiigo Android On Demand – via Gajeto

Indosat Launch Wiigo Android On Demand Not only BlackBerry On Demand, Indosat also has Android On Demand services. Indosat plans to bundle these services with Wiigo Android On Demand. Wiigo, a local brand Android QWERTY phone. A special chip with …

Indosat Launch Wiigo Android On Demand

Not only BlackBerry On Demand, Indosat also has Android On Demand services. Indosat plans to bundle these services with Wiigo Android On Demand.  Wiigo, a local brand Android QWERTY phone. A special chip with Indosat APNwill be immersed in the Wiigo Android phone. Consumers will be able to choose their own type of service desired by Indosat Wiigo Android On Demand.

Indosat has a pre-order registration page for this handset at http://www.indosat.com/wiigo but unfortunately it doesn’t even list the unit’s processor. Continue reading “The Indosat Wiigo Android On Demand – via Gajeto”

Last night my Netbook lasted 7 hours straight…

…and the meter says it still has over 3 hours left. Yes I turned the brightness down to 1 (out of 10), and turned off the WiFi and Bluetooth. But I was typing most of the time (jotting down the minutes meeting) and not once did it go on stand-by…

…and the meter says it still has over 3 hours left. Yes I turned the brightness down to 1 (out of 10), and turned off the WiFi and Bluetooth. But I was typing most of the time (jotting down the minutes meeting) and not once did it go on stand-by. What’s more It’s priced the same as the average Atom N450-based netbooks, but it uses DDR3 memory (instead of DDR2).

My new netbook is an Acer Aspire One D230. 

I bought the version with Windows XP preinstalled at Rp 3,2 million. So that I could immediately begin using it to take notes. And I still doubt I would have enough free time anytime soon to install Ubuntu on this netbook.

Perhaps I could have waited for the new 2Ghz Snapdragon processor-based Google Chrome OS netbooks to come out in the wild, but…

Update: My mistake; it seems the D230 variant equipped with DDR3 memory is the one using an Atom N455 processor with Windows 7 preinstalled. Mine came with the Atom N450, and obviously it only supports DDR2, not DDR3.

But still, the netbook did last more than 8 hours on a single charge, at least. Despite only using DDR2 :p