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Since both projects are belong to part of the Gnome Mobile initiative it would be nice when we will be able to just run Gnome Debian or Fedora on a handset without loss of functionality.
It should be possible to do that now with a large loss of ease-of-use, but retain most of the phone functionality and such things.
Toward a freer Android
Posted Oct 7, 2009 8:48 UTC (Wed) by xav (subscriber, #18536)
I also long for the day we can get rid of proprietary low-level components without any loss of functionality.
Posted Oct 7, 2009 15:05 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
The nice thing about the N900 is that its pretty much open phone. There are
proprietary bits, to be sure, but it is going to take much less effort to
deal with those then what it will take with the average android phone. The
most important bits, except the bootloader (I presume) and the GSM stuff
are going to be open source. The other things should be easy to take care
And I am not saying "android" as a OS.. I mean a practical phone that you
purchase. Most of those are going to be locked down quite a bit were the
average user is going to have to jump through big hoops just to get
software installed on it from sources other then the approved app store.
And they will have every number of proprietary bits that the N900 has, and
If somebody releases a phone to the public that is Android and is open then
I would love to hear about it... I am not looking forward to spending the
600 dollars to get my hands on a N900, but like Google was trying to
explain to people about the first android phones is that while the OS
platform is theirs the phones are not and they have little control over the
Posted Oct 7, 2009 15:09 UTC (Wed) by xav (subscriber, #18536)
And for the $600 ... consider yourself lucky. Where I live it costs 650, which is more like $1000 nowadays.
Posted Oct 8, 2009 3:50 UTC (Thu) by daniels (subscriber, #16193)
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