Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop
Posted Sep 12, 2012 11:18 UTC (Wed) by bokr
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will the hardware be open?
Of course not! It's basis is a phone, right? There are lots of regulations involved. Certified open hardware is not possible. This is sad reality, but this is a reality we live in.
Wrong monolithic concept: The basis is a ("smart") phone, but it's the radiating comms part that is regulated, not the general purpose ("smart") computing part with its non-radiating peripherals.
Already the video shows the smart part interfacing to various devices.
Just have the comms part also be a separate hardware module, like a mobile broadband usb device, except with slick way to connect to the nex phone body and still feel like a fondleable phone.
If the protocol and drivers for controlling it are open, the comms part as hardware could even be closed and still provide a lot of freedom, somewhat like proprietary gpu firmware blobs loaded by trying-to-be-open graphics drivers.
The process of testing and certifying the regulated part is expensive, so you can't afford to change design on the model of Linux kernel software.
But it could be done, and with a comms module with a long term stable open hardware interface, the rest of the system could develop freely on its own.
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