Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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by abstraction on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 08:48 UTC
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Not too long ago I bought a Samsung Spica. I instantly wanted to explore it and tried to access various parts of the filesystem just to find that everything was read only and I had no way to get root. I was just shocked by this. A free operating system that does not let me do stuff? Not only could I not access areas, there wasn't even a su or sudo command.

Later on I also discovered that I will not get the latest Android version because the Phone appearently is "too old". In my deluded world I thought updating would be something in the lines of apt-getting the latest code from some repository somewhere. Oh how ignorant I was. I have tons of really old hardware at home and the problem of beeing "too old" has never occured to me as a problem.

I could install a fresh Android version on it by rooting but I don't expect anything to work because the drivers for the different pieces of hardware isn't open source so whats the use. The phone is not a particulary interesting device to play around with anyway so I just gave up and now uses it marely as a phone. It saves me a few braincells but hurts my heart a little.

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