10/09/2013, 09:19 PM
I've tried and failed to resist the urge to chip in.
Originally Posted by Buddy1969
The original goal was a couple of months - which seemed ambitious. The price was also cheap given the skills and people needed for a project of this type. We thought maybe the alpha software was close to beta quality. The sudden, significant extension of the deadline seemed to show that funding had focused minds on the real technical hurdles...
It appears that PIC are very close to a usable product, but we can't be 100% sure until it is delivered. I agree that first impressions count. The first release may be buggy, but if the bug is in the hardware acceleration, then there will be voices saying that it is no good. I think PIC should wait until the major bugs are fixed. It has to fundamentally work. Bugs 'should' be glitches to be fixed, tweaks, not major flaws that will impact their reputation. That said, the communication problem has been poor throughout the process. Making this small effort would help maintain the good will that put $45,000 in the PIC bank account.
My reason for supporting the ACL was that in addition to further functionality, it would retain users on webOS while other options came on stream. There is no overall plan for webOS, but if there were, I'd say it would look like this:
1. ACL retains users on webOS
2. Ports get OwOS to the Gnex
3. Ports & others get OwOS to other Nexus devices and compatibles (possibly following Cyanogenmod's and / or Ubuntu's footsteps)
4. ACL updated to OwOS compatibility and Jellybean+ Android (yeah, hardware issues may arise, but what is OM's future business plan?)
At that point, you can have webOS on a decent range of devices and use Android apps. Maybe it will remain an enthusiast thing, maybe it will go further, but most of us here will probably be happy.
However, as the quote above notes, time will always be a factor. I'm still confident ACL will arrive, but those with the skills to make the port are busy with day jobs and are doing it basically for free. We have no right to ask for it, but I wonder if it will be done before the current hardware wears out or becomes so out of date that something else becomes a better option.
Fingers crossed! Toes too! ;-)