Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Mar 2013 11:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "With the Samsung Galaxy S4 presumably coming soon, many are excited about the possibility of running a more stock Android-based experience, like CyanogenMod, on the hardware. It looks like that's going to be a slower transition than many were hoping, as the current Samsung CM maintainers have said that they have no plans to support the device." If you like custom ROMs, don't buy Samsung. As simple as that.
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GPL, I want my contribution back.
by progormre on Tue 19th Mar 2013 16:19 UTC
progormre
Member since:
2012-05-20

I've contributed to the linux kernel, I thought any device running either linux or a derivative of linux would be open for me to change as I see fit, but obviously not, because I cannot change the samsung note II that I bought for my wife. So to me, believing in GPL was a waste of time.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

GPL V2 has no such requirement. If you submitted code under this license, then you have no reason to complain.

GPL V3 does.

The kernel is staying GPL V2 for two reasons:

1) The founder and head of the "official" kernel prefers it to V3.

2) It would require asking everyone who had ever contributed to the kernel's permission to change the license.


If you consider the time you spend hacking on the kernel a waste, it was due to your lack of understanding in the GPL V2 license.

You should note, that Samsung does fulfill its GPL V2 license obligations.

opensource.samsung.com

You can find all of the GPL V2 source code that was used in the Galaxy Note (Model number GT-N7100).

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Except that, no, they don't. The sources that are available from Samsung do not match the binaries shipped by Samsung on their S2/S3/Note devices. Many of the CM Samsung device maintainers have given up trying to get the right source from Samsung.

Have a read through this to get the inside scoop on just how poorly Samsung complies with the GPL:
https://plus.google.com/101093310520661581786/posts/cdPnNjLAb4F

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