Linked by David Adams on Wed 21st Mar 2012 18:03 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Good news, open source enthusiasts: as they've done with pretty much every one of the Android phones and updates, Samsung has posted the open source code for the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Galaxy S II's operating system. While the update itself is only available in Europe and South Korea, any international version of the i9100 can apply it, and with the open source code ROM builders and other modders will be able to do more advanced ports and advanced ROMs."
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by martini on Wed 21st Mar 2012 19:34 UTC
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Hi David.

I see some special characters on your article that shows kind of squares. "as they’ve" and "he Galaxy S II’s operating system"

Please fix it.
(You are also free to erase this comment since it is just administrative stuff).


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v Free software
by pysiak on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 07:59 UTC
RE: Free software
by martini on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 13:10 UTC in reply to "Free software"
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Hi pysiak

I learned that the difference between Open Source and Free Software is just philosophical.

Open Source does not just mean "here it is the source code"

In legal terms Open Source and Free Software shared the almost same use licenses. You can see that the software licenses that OSI consider Open Source are almost the same than the software licenses that the FSF consider Free Software.

Any close source driver, it is not open source. Any binary blob it is not open source. Just showing the source code and not describing its use license it is not open source.

Any discussion of what is better, open source or free software it is just philosophical and differ a lot from person to person, that I why I prefer just to stick with the legal terms and the rules you have to follow on each license.

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RE: Free software
by 0brad0 on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 15:26 UTC in reply to "Free software"
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== forgive me for the comment below, couldn't resist ==
It is also just like with breasts at a strip club:

Lame. Try again.

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Just the Kernel
by c0m47053 on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 09:05 UTC
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It's worth pointing out that Samsung have only released their fork of the Android kernel as open source, which they are legally obliged to under the GPL.

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RE: Just the Kernel
by bouhko on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 09:56 UTC in reply to "Just the Kernel"
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Does it include drivers or are those supplied as binary blobs ?
If drivers are included (I doubt it), this might help Cyanogen. Otherwise, it's pretty useless.

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RE[2]: Just the Kernel
by No it isnt on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 11:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Just the Kernel"
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Any binary blobs will be included on the phone, so you'll be able to use them with a modified version of the kernel.

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by FunkyELF on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 17:17 UTC
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There are so many versions of the SGS II. I can't keep track of what is common between them and what are just re-brandings.

Does anyone know if this is applicable to the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II?

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