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

Paul Kocialkowski contact at paulk.fr
Sun Jun 11 13:09:30 UTC 2017

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.

This is good!

>  				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.
> +				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.

Let's separate that part, which is about programmable logic devices and reword
it as:

" Logic configuration used in programmable logic devices such as FPGAs exists
with free licenses. However, these logic devices are not practical enough to
replace dedicated integrated circuits (ASICs) in smartphones and most of them
require proprietary toolchains."

>  			</p>
>  			<p>
>  				Firmwares running inside integrated circuits
> are most of the time proprietary.
Paul Kocialkowski, developer of free digital technology and hardware support

Website: https://www.paulk.fr/
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