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Sony opens up the Dynamic Android Sensor HAL (DASH)
Posted Aug 24, 2012 0:36 UTC (Fri) by tonyblackwell (subscriber, #43641)
Posted Aug 24, 2012 0:42 UTC (Fri) by pr1268 (subscriber, #24648)
I think the bigger issue is trying to understand just how Sony thinks it can thrive, or even exist, in an increasingly open world (in terms of both hardware and software). What I find really disgusting is how Sony first enabled, even encouraged end-users to boot Linux on the PS3, and then thoughtlessly yanked away that privilege.
Sony is a big company, with many divisions/sub-organizations, each with their own agenda and goals. The department opening up DASH might not have anything related to the PS3 group that rudely revoked the openness of that platform, but they're all guilty by association. While I applaud Sony's actions regarding DASH, I, like you, am still skeptical of Sony's motives.
At least the music CD rootkit (PDF) didn't target or affect Mac or Linux PC's. Not to mention that these rootkitted CD's violated the Red Book standard (ironically the standard that Sony helped define, way back in 1980!), but I digress...
Posted Aug 24, 2012 2:39 UTC (Fri) by SEJeff (subscriber, #51588)
Posted Aug 24, 2012 15:25 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
This was to work around the stupid European tax codes on 'personal computers' versus 'gaming consoles'. Once the code changed then along with that so did Sony's support of Linux on the PS3.
This sucked, but it just is another reminder that closed gardens can't grow open source software.
Posted Aug 24, 2012 3:39 UTC (Fri) by tnoo (subscriber, #20427)
Exactly the same here.
These are Ericsson people
Posted Aug 24, 2012 8:10 UTC (Fri) by job (guest, #670)
But make no mistakes. These guys are not Sony in any more than name. My personal guess however, is that they won't survive long with their now overlords as they recently started layoffs and reorganizing.
Posted Aug 24, 2012 9:20 UTC (Fri) by rodgerd (guest, #58896)
If anything, the evidence suggests Ericsson gave the mobiles the classic telco "fuck you, customer" culture that saw the 2010 Xperias launch with an outdated version of Android, grudgingly upgrade to 2.1, and refuse to provide anything beyond that.
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