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CyanogenMod 9.0-rc1 available
Posted Jun 27, 2012 4:42 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Far too much of the Android rom community works under the 'develop completely privately and then throw the resulting rom over the wall to users' mentality. Even though the software has source available, they treat things more like reverse engineering binary firmware than software development and porting. There's also surprisingly little attention paid to what work is being done by other people, each developer releases their own system image, and when one person fixes one thing, and another person fixes something else, you are very unlikely to find a firmware image that includes both fixes.
I expect that Cyanogenmod is better in this area that the other android firmware communities as they do have a single release they are putting out.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 5:43 UTC (Wed) by aorth (subscriber, #55260)
Posted Jun 27, 2012 6:08 UTC (Wed) by tajyrink (subscriber, #2750)
Or the problem is only a problem if you look at it that way, but for example I wouldn't consider any of these random blob:d mod-monsters if I'd be looking at Android. Replicant looks good but of course has a lot of the (real) work to be done.
Sure my Nemo Mobile for Nokia N9 or even Debian for my shipping-in-two-weeks GTA04 (to a very little extent) also have blobs included, but at least they're properly packaged, the blobs are separated, the distributions are build from the sources and are being maintained according to good practices. But of course they've the GNU/Linux background. I'd welcome a bit of GNU thinking to Android world as well. Not the manifesto but the culture of building long-living projects with beautifully building code.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 8:20 UTC (Wed) by aorth (subscriber, #55260)
Posted Jun 27, 2012 8:49 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
most phones are essentially worthless after ~2 years
I think this is largely an illusion. I have an HTC Desire (running CM7) that I bought nearly 2 years ago and it is still a very good phone. I have no intention whatsoever of replacing it anytime soon. I'm looking forward to seeing whether there will be a version of CM9 for it.
People tend to replace their phones every 2 years because their contract is up and they can conveniently get a newer phone. In this sense, a two-year-old phone may be »worthless« in an economic sense in that the mobile ISP has written it off, but it is not necessarily »worthless« from a technical point of view (such that it would not be worth supporting by something like CM).
Posted Jun 27, 2012 12:11 UTC (Wed) by clump (subscriber, #27801)
Posted Jun 27, 2012 22:45 UTC (Wed) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
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