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Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

Posted Jan 17, 2014 1:06 UTC (Fri) by deepfire (guest, #26138)
In reply to: Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes) by Corkscrew
Parent article: Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

I second your proposal about an exhaustive enumeration of closed hardware and a structured effort to get rid of that.

There is a thing I feel afraid of, though.

I don't think it's entirely implausible that Jolla is only allowed to play in the same "real world" space with the big boys for exactly as long, as it has these hardware/binary backdoors.

Still I laud their efforts -- there still is a chance that a different, better future will emerge through the Jolla folks.

..and I would love to see an in-depth comparative analysis between Jolla and the upcoming Blackphone (by the Phil Zimmerman and the Silent Circle crowd).


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Jolla Review: Some Rough Edges, But This Linux Smartphone Shows Promise (Forbes)

Posted Jan 17, 2014 13:46 UTC (Fri) by lbt (subscriber, #29672) [Link]

I (and I'm sure others around Mer/Nemo/Jolla) await details on the Blackphone with interest. Of course if it's all written targeting android/java then it's going to be less directly applicable to linux distros and hence Mer/Jolla. Even so I'm sure a port to desktop glibc and hopefully Qt userspace would be trivially implementable on Mer/Nemo based systems.

If the hardware and blobs *are* auditable then I see absolutely no reason that Nemo cannot take advantage of that and support that device too.

Note that we don't claim to be delivering anything like Blackphone's class of security/privacy.


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