Phoneblok project

Richard Quirk richard.quirk at
Sat Oct 26 08:02:40 UTC 2013

On 10/26/13, Bradley D. Thornton <Bradley at> wrote:
> We can keep hoping though, can't we? Think Raspberry Pi, right? :)

You might not have read this, it seems the Raspberry Pi has some big
freedom problems too.

The Raspberry Pi requires nonfree software to start up. It can't reach
the point of executing free software unless this nonfree program is
part of the installed system software.

The startup program is, in fact, the same program that runs the GPU
and the video decoding hardware. Thus, the GPU and the video decoding
hardware are unusable in the free world, but these jobs can be done
with free software on the CPU.

That program appears to implement intentional restrictions, such as
blocking the video decoding hardware for MPEG-2 and VC-1 in the
absence of a key that is specific to the machine in hand.

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