[Replicant] [PATCH v2][ 07/11] freedom-privacy-security-issues: Improve hardware freedom state description

Paul Kocialkowski contact at paulk.fr
Wed Apr 20 09:34:49 UTC 2016

Le lundi 28 mars 2016 à 20:50 +0200, Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli a écrit :
> Signed-off-by: Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli <GNUtoo at no-log.org>
> ---
>  freedom-privacy-security-issues.php | 6 ++++--
>  1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php b/freedom-privacy-security-
> issues.php
> index d218230..5332b8b 100644
> --- a/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php
> +++ b/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php
> @@ -44,10 +44,12 @@
>  			<h3>The current situation of freedom and
> privacy/security on mobile devices</h3>
>  			<p>
>  				A mobile device respecting the users' freedom
> would have:<ul><li>Free hardware</li><li>Free firmwares</li><li>Free modem
> system</li><li>Free bootrom and bootloader</li><li>Free system and
> applications</li></ul>Regarding <a href="#free-hardware">free hardware</a>, it
> barely exist as of today.
> -				Modifying hardware is nearly impossible: new
> versions of the hardware have to be produced, and those are expensive.
> +				The ways of modifying existing hardware are
> very limited.
> +				Because of that, new versions of the hardware
> have to be produced to carry the modifications, and this is expensive.
>  				While producing printed circuit boards (PCBs)
> costs a lot of money, producing integrated circuits is out of reach.
> -				A few devices come with schematics for the
> PCB, but that's usually as far as it gets.
> +				A few devices come with schematics, or full
> design files for the PCB, but that's usually as far as it gets.
>  				Hence, totally-free hardware doesn't exist
> yet.

I agree with the change above.

> +				While design for FPGAs do exist in free
> software licenses, FPGAs are not practical enough to be used to replace ASICs
> in smartphones, and most of them even proprietary software tools.

See the follow-up discussion on v1 of this patch.

I believe that talking about FPGAs in the context of Replicant is not relevant,
because it's out of the scope of mobile devices, so I think we should simply get
rid of it.

>  			</p>
>  			<p>
>  				Firmwares running inside integrated circuits
> are most of the time proprietary.
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