Replicant developers find and close Samsung Galaxy back-door

Paul Kocialkowski contact at
Sun Mar 23 09:00:05 UTC 2014

Le dimanche 23 mars 2014 à 10:38 +0200, dimonik, dimonik a écrit :
> Hardware by it's nature can't be "free". Yo can't modify it. That's
> why i call it "open".

I disagree. It's exactly similar to what you have with software: you
cannot modify the produced binary (in the same way you cannot modify a
silicon chip) but you can modify the source code and rebuild it (in the
same way you can change the schematics and run a new batch of

Then I don't understand why open brings any further distinction from
your point of view.

> What should be free is the DESIGN of the hardware, e.g. schematics,
> CAD files - everything what will give you freedom to reproduce,
> modify, copy, etc...

It doesn't make much of a difference. I think we all agree in saying
that software is free is equivalent to saying that its source code is
free. Obviously, you're not going to work on modifying the binary, which
is the software. Same for hardware.

> 2014-03-21 20:27 GMT+02:00 Paul Kocialkowski <contact at>:
>         > It will always be a cat-and-mouse game until hardware
>         becomes open.
>         >
>         I prefer to talk about free hardware. I know that terminology
>         brings
>         even more ambiguity than free software, but talking about open
>         hardware
>         doesn't reflect any of the moral ideas that are inherent to
>         free
>         software.

Paul Kocialkowski, Replicant developer

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