A recent article on a big tech news site included this phrase:
"[...] Linux phones like the PinePhone, [...]are full of closed-source firmware from non-open components"
We'd like to clear the record: The #PinePhone has two blobs -- neither runs on the main SoC: One loaded to WiFi/BT module, other enclosed within the cell modem. In the modern world of tech, both blobs are unavoidable.
For an overview from someone with deep knowledge of both the PinePhone and Librem 5: https://tuxphones.com/yet-another-librem-5-and-pinephone-linux-smartphone-comparison/
Well if this is a thread to set records straight, would be nice not to mention just that: "bootloader blob for DDR training" but add that:
1 - The blob is kept isolated outside of the bootloader. And that makes a difference.
Like with the wifi/bt/baseband modem issues that both projects have to deal with by isolating them ;)
2 - That blob is needed for DDR4 memory training, which the Librem 5 uses, while the pinephone uses DDR3.
And here is the post where @purism explains the issue:
And we should all just be happy, that this year we have 3 linux phone projects rolling out, when last year we had none.
I wish we lived in a world were the biggest issue when talking about phones would be competing linux projects.
But our issue today is Android/iOS proprietary spyware, and lack of open hardware.
Could we focus on that instead of having this bickering
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