Reverse or Creation?

Paul Kocialkowski contact at
Fri Mar 7 19:45:27 UTC 2014

> Than, let me ask - wouldn't it be better to design a NEW system from
> scratch instead of spending years on reverse-engineering of what
> manufacturers are selling?

The real problem here is that we won't be able to have community chips
manufacturing in the near future. The best we can do is to gather chips
from free software-friendly manufacturers and assemble devices that way.
This is already done with e.g. the GTA04/neo900.

Devices with good design also exist (e.g. Allwinner tablets/single board
computers) and are about as good as what you can get with the GTA04.

> Personally i chose not to spend time on reverse stuff. Concentrated
> all my power on research for new design.

From a developer point of view, starting a new platform from scratch is
not necessarily *less* work, it's just different work. Reverse
engineering stuff is currently doable (on selected platforms) and well,
if we're already going that way, it's because it's the easiest path to
freedom currently.

Paul Kocialkowski, Replicant developer

Replicant is a fully free Android distribution

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