Which phone should I buy for running Replicant?
paulk at paulk.fr
Sun Oct 6 20:05:15 UTC 2013
Le mercredi 25 septembre 2013 à 16:24 +0300, Dmitriy Nikandrov a écrit :
> Not only phones,
> but also laptops, desktops, routers, etc... Even Raspberry Pi in it's
> heart is closed source.
> The problem is that there is no OPEN HARDWARE chips (with open firmware):
> for Wi-Fi
> for GSM (even can't be because of patents on core specifications)
> for LTE
> for GPS
A short note about terminology: as RMS highlighted, what we are talking
about here is freedom, so I don't see how expressions like "open
hardware", "closed source" or "open firmware" are relevant here. It
would make more sense and covey a freedom-related message to use
expressions such as free software, non-free or proprietary software,
free firmwares, etc. For a more detailed view on this topic, please
As for hardware, we'll have to come up with a new expression to put the
emphasis on freedom too, maybe "free hardware".
> 2013/9/25, Nick <replicant at njw.me.uk>:
> > Quoth Brian Kemp:
> >> To be clear - the driver is free. The firmware is not.
> > Gosh, looking at the table on the status page  I see that there
> > are no devices which have wifi without non-free firmware. So there
> > are no phones which have either free wifi or free gsm parts? The
> > situation sucks even more than I realised as a casual observer.
> > "Sure, you can use your phone freely, so long as you don't want any
> > connectivity."
> > /me sighs.
> > 0. http://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/ReplicantStatus
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