Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 19:14 UTC
Google Jean-Baptiste Queru, or JBQ for short, maintainer of the Android Open Source Project at Google, has announced that he's quitting his job.

Well, I see that people have figured out why I'm quitting AOSP.

There's no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can't boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I'm getting the blame for something that I don't have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.

By the way, in this context, 'to escalate' means handing something over to your superiors so they can handle it. I believe this definition of the word is uncommon outside of the US.

The issue here is exactly what it sounds like: there are currently no factory images/binaries available for the latest Nexus device, the new Nexus 7. The problem is that the GPU in the new Nexus 7 is made by Qualcomm, a company which is incredibly hostile towards the open source community. This isn't the first time Qualcomm has sabotaged an AOSP launch - all Nexus devices with Qualcomm chips, the Nexus 1, 4, and the new 7, faced these problems.

Because he is apparently very good at pattern recognition, JBQ states that he already anticipated this issue six months ago, but that it hasn't been solved. A recent tweet from him is quite telling:

That feeling when lawyers sabotage the launch you spent 6 months working on? I haz it. Sad sad sad sad sad sad.

This is bad news for Google, and bad news for Android. JBQ has done an amazing job on AOSP, and I'm very sad to see him leaving his post. As of this moment, it's not yet known whether he will leave Google entirely or not.

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hackus
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2006-06-28

Is it just a coincidence or all of the gear on Smartphones which governments want to control to track you via, Video, Sound and GPS are the same ones you are not suppose to know how they work?

Hence, no source and now, not even BLOB releases.

These Qualcomm idiots also bought a few years back Atheros, which is a company that has done wonders for wireless on LINUX.

In fact, Atheros has put all of the source code out for their SoC and Wireless N products which are quite excellent.

In fact I get better wireless out of my Linux box on my AR9283's or AR71xx systems than my Windows clients.

Why? Source code.

Well, I am not buying a Nexus 7 or any product with a Qualcomm Snapdragon or chip in it. I am sticking with SAMSUNG which at least is a huge capital (money) supporter of LINUX.

-Hack

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