Phoneblok project

Peter (peabo) Olson peabo at
Sat Oct 26 08:24:23 UTC 2013

On October 26, 2013 at 4:02 AM Richard Quirk <richard.quirk at> wrote:
> 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.

I was imagining that the freedom problem was further back.  The RPi is an FPGA,
isn't it?  Most development systems for FPGA are highly proprietary.  How does
the RPi get its initial program load?  (Or, perhaps, it is in fixed ROM.)


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