[ILUG] Android gone Free
paul at jakma.org
Wed Oct 29 18:00:15 GMT 2008
On Tue, 28 Oct 2008, John P. Looney wrote:
> Though there are two types of radio driver source. One is the stuff
> that is open sourced for the G1. This is the bit that talks to the
> baseband chip, wifi, bluetooth etc. The second is for the software
> running on the baseband chip itself; this is closed-source by law
> in most places, as no normal country will licence a device that any
> user can use to jam mobile signals etc. by just reprogramming power
> levels etc.
Just out of curiosity, any cites for these claims?
I'm curious whether this is actually true, or whether it's a view
that's been received through the filters of techno-impaired lawyers
and/or open-source fearing executives.
(I'm not implying these people work for Google. FWIW, my strong
suspicion is no major industrialised country actually has laws framed
in terms of source code. Also, check out the game-mod scene for how
much of a barrier lack of source is.).
> If people could hack it, even illegally, I'm sure the device would
> lose its licence to sell in that country.
Germany used to have to really strict laws about certifying devices
attaching to ISDN networks. Free unixes managed to ship certified
ISDN stacks just fine, with source..
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie paul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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