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  • #11
    The I.MX8 is a quad core Cortex A53 which is pretty much an entry level phone right now. In 2019 it will be comparable to a $150/- Android phone with very limited software.
    And for those open-source advocates, the LTE modem runs closed source firmware and I believe the video decoder (VPU) is closed firmware. Some one needs to better define what a true open source device is.

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    • #12
      I guess another problem with Librem 5 is that it might not have hardware video decoding. Since even the open source VC4 driver for the RPi don't have hardware video decoding. What are the chances for Librem 5 to get hardware video decoding.

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      • #13
        Originally posted by Almindor View Post

        I wished Jolla would make good on their promise and just bloody open-source it already. All I'm asking is the UI and their internal apps/settings etc. not the drivers. That alone would be a huge boon to the community and would vindicate their huge failures.
        I asked them this question recently. They said they want to do it, but it's a lot of work (logistics / legal I assume), so it's never a priority.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by MartinK View Post
          BTW, the UI can be actually the easy part (and it was indeed totally new on Sailfish OS, not taken from any prior project) - the hard parts are IMHO all the telephony and mobile connectivity bits working under the scenes to connect phone calls, make SMS/MMS arrive and move bits around over the mobile connection
          I was talking about UI indeed, since I was answering
          scottishduck
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          scottishduck who said that KDE / Gnome developers aren't likely to make a good UI.

          Originally posted by MartinK View Post
          Failure in this area means lost or interrupted calls, bad call quality, lost SMS messages or mobile connectivity issues and issues with switching between wifi and mobile connectivity. All potentially pretty annoying issues.
          Isn't there an effort to make a common mobile core for that (Halium)? Librem developers should just participate in that, instead of reinventing the wheel. Except they should opt out of libhybris and Android stuff, and use proper upstream kernel and drivers.
          shmerl
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          Last edited by shmerl; 17 January 2018, 12:34 AM.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by Vasant1234 View Post
            The I.MX8 is a quad core Cortex A53 which is pretty much an entry level phone right now. In 2019 it will be comparable to a $150/- Android phone with very limited software.
            And for those open-source advocates, the LTE modem runs closed source firmware and I believe the video decoder (VPU) is closed firmware. Some one needs to better define what a true open source device is.
            I guess everyone who backed this should just forget about it and buy a phone that's faster and more open instead, right? Like... what exactly?

            Also, did I miss the part where Purism claimed to be making a perfectly open device with no exceptions? Haven't seen them claim that about this project.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by Vasant1234 View Post
              The I.MX8 is a quad core Cortex A53 which is pretty much an entry level phone right now. In 2019 it will be comparable to a $150/- Android phone with very limited software.
              And for those open-source advocates, the LTE modem runs closed source firmware and I believe the video decoder (VPU) is closed firmware. Some one needs to better define what a true open source device is.
              low end really, we buy from china better phones with android for 80 bucks

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              • #17
                Originally posted by Vasant1234 View Post
                The I.MX8 is a quad core Cortex A53 which is pretty much an entry level phone right now. In 2019 it will be comparable to a $150/- Android phone with very limited software.
                And for those open-source advocates, the LTE modem runs closed source firmware and I believe the video decoder (VPU) is closed firmware. Some one needs to better define what a true open source device is.
                It will be as open as possible and it is not intended to run Crysis.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by Licaon View Post
                  Fun fact, hope Matrix devs learn from the past: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/desk.../msg00047.html
                  Thanks for a very interesting blog post. Where is the comments section btw? 😛

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Hi-Angel View Post
                    Thanks for a very interesting blog post. Where is the comments section btw? 😛
                    You could subscribe to that mailing list to send a reply e-mail message, then it will be visible at the bottom of page if a person clicks "Follow-Ups"

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by Vasant1234 View Post
                      The I.MX8 is a quad core Cortex A53 which is pretty much an entry level phone right now. In 2019 it will be comparable to a $150/- Android phone with very limited software.
                      You have to realise two things :
                      - Their primary target is not people wanting to have a ginormous over powered iPhone X2 / Samsung Galagy whatever/etc. Their primary target is people who want to be fully in control on everything that goes inside their phone (so a full GPL GNU/Linux stack).
                      - As Sailfish OS has shown, a tightly integrated GNU/Linux system, using something lightweight like QML for the user-interface, can actually be pretty efficient even on hardware where the giant "I can't believe it's not Java" layer of Google starts to hiccups.
                      (i.e.: on native Sailfish apps, the first Jolla 1 phone is quite responsive even today).

                      Originally posted by Vasant1234 View Post
                      And for those open-source advocates, the LTE modem runs closed source firmware
                      Hence the whole point of not using a chipset (e.g.: most from Qualcomm) where the modem is the north bridge of the SoC, but using a relatively clean Soc where everything is supported by opensource software, and isolate the modem as a separate chips that only communicates over standard protocols (for 4G, that's usually a combo of serial port and USB-networking).
                      I.e.: they replicate the situation of a fully libre laptop, and all the evil bit constrained to a USB 3G/4G stick plugged into the USB port of the libre laptop.

                      So the LTE firmware can be as evil as it wants, it's limited to only seeing it's own end of the standard serial+network link. No full DMA access, nor access to audio codec, etc.

                      Same approach is also applicable to GPS (closed source firmware necessary if they want to sell it in the US, or if the manufacturer it in the US and want to sell abroad).

                      and I believe the video decoder (VPU) is closed firmware.
                      As they've said, they'll limit themselves to what the opensource Etnaviv driver will support on i.MX8
                      So maybe some functions will be missing (probably everything related to decoding DRM protected content), but the main SoC will be exclusively running open code.


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