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What are some of the hurdles to making a fully free mobile OS that other Linux-based OSs haven't been able to overcome?

Added by James G 22 days ago

I don't really have the expertise to contribute to a project like Replicant, but I'm very interested in it nonetheless (and fully support it obviously).

The other phones on the market that I know of trying to use free software are Pinephone and the Librem 5. Neither one, AFAIK, is considered fully free (which I assume is why the FSF hasn't supported them). So I was curious: what free features don't these phones have that Replicant is trying to create?

If I had to guess,the main obstacles would be Bluetooth compatibility and the fact that the OS has to interface with the Qualcomm chip (which I believe are both patented and propeietary). But I'm curious about the specifics from people who actually know what they're talking about.


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RE: What are some of the hurdles to making a fully free mobile OS that other Linux-based OSs haven't been able to overcome? - Added by Jack K 12 days ago

Hi there!

Did you read this article?

https://replicant.us/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php

I think it answers a lot of what you are asking. If, after reading, you have further questions, please do ask.

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