Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2015 00:11 UTC

One of the biggest freedoms associated with free software is the ability to replace a program with an updated or modified version. Even so, of the many millions of people using Linux-powered phones, few are able to run a mainline kernel on those phones, even if they have the technical skills to do the replacement. The sad fact is that no mainstream phone available runs mainline kernels. A session at the 2015 Kernel Summit, led by Rob Herring, explored this problem and what might be done to address it.

This indeed a big problem, and I'm glad it's finally being picked up.

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Not much different from laptops...
by Ithamar on Tue 24th Nov 2015 17:47 UTC
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Except that for Android phones there's actually _a_ "supported" kernel version ;-)

Jokes aside, Laptop support in Linux is still problematic, for the same reasons. Once you have it working on a non-standard config, you'd better not touch it, cause every kernel upgrade will give you new issues to deal with.

Of course, if you know which well supported hardware to pick, you're fine, but then again, it is more or less the same with Android on phones... Choose Nexus, and you'll have pretty decent kernel support, choose something exotic, and you're on your own trying to get it to work.

Linux is great on commodity, bog-standard hardware, on anything else it is a lot less appealing....

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