#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 26th, 2013 22:00
#2 By: Stephen Schenck, July 26th, 2013 22:05
While I totally support such a project, that radio firmware issue is going to be a HUGE stumbling block. Would it even be possible to get FCC approval for such a device?
#3 By: Hunt Pogroth, July 26th, 2013 22:22
It's a good thing my mouth was empty when I read this, or my keyboard would be soaked. GNU/Linux and the BSDs are great on the server. What other truly free OS is anywhere near 'best of breed'?
#4 By: thaum, July 27th, 2013 00:54
They're actually pretty good outside the server as well.
#5 By: Hunt Pogroth, July 27th, 2013 01:33
This is probably relevant: http://lwn.net/Articles/240840/
TL;DR: probably not insurmountable with current FCC rulemaking. I'd guess that the bigger issue would be getting specs from the chipset manufacturers, and cellular, which is another can of worms that the FSF may be underestimating, if they haven't discussed this with the cellular carriers.
#6 By: Hunt Pogroth, July 27th, 2013 01:33
Best of breed, the man said.
#7 By: Aaron Weiss, July 27th, 2013 11:20
Best part of this story: Richard Stallman is not (yet) insisting we all call it GNU/Android.
#8 By: bkhl, July 27th, 2013 12:43
Why would he? It doesn't (yet) include the GNU standard libraries.
#9 By: Stu, July 27th, 2013 13:24
Well, since they want to use this on phones and tablets that already exist, rules about software-defined radios p'bly don't enter the equation. Right now, driver availability seems the larger issue. For instance, the project's Supported Devices page, lists 3G as working on a number of handsets; what's missing are things like WiFi and Bluetooth.
#10 By: stuck411, July 27th, 2013 16:51
Oh, joys. I've been waiting for something like this. I'd love an OS that could turn all of those slightly older model phones into useful tools & not so much garbage. Though this would be great for a phone you would use on a daily basis, you could keep hordes of landfill destined handsets in use.
#11 By: Conan, July 27th, 2013 19:22
I have been waiting for something like this ever since they announced the Android. I don't have the technical expertise or I would have done it myself these past few years, I just wonder what took them so long..
#12 By: Cory Doctorow, July 31st, 2013 22:00
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