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  1. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    I'm pessimistic about EOMA68 these days, to be honest, and I kinda feel like a bit of an idiot for throwing so much support behind it. The main problem, I think, is that Lkcl has good intentions and a nice dream, but no reasonable plan for how to get there. He seems to just expect other people...
  2. Julie.chan

    Release Project: Starfighter

    Oh wow, I didn't even know this thread would reactivate. xD So regarding the GPL version change, I don't see it causing any issues. Project: Starfighter is a game and doesn't need any GPLv2-only stuff. One thing I'll mention, though, is that Starfighter can now scale properly, so it should be...
  3. Julie.chan

    Yeah, my Pyra will be my new phone due to privacy. . .

    This is a story of mistreatment by proprietary software, not a problem with Android and iOS specifically. If you use Replicant, you won't have this problem, and even just not using Google Play and instead using F-Droid instead improves your chances quite a bit. (The latter is what I do since my...
  4. Julie.chan

    "Respects Your Freedom" certification?

    "Trivially achieved" wasn't in reference to the ease of installing the system. It only meant that it became a possibility by then: you could take components of GNU together with Linux to make a fully libre operating system, with the necessary technical skills. That's why I also mentioned that it...
  5. Julie.chan

    "Respects Your Freedom" certification?

    Surely you must be joking. That is your indication of honesty from Purism? That's my prime indication of dishonesty from Purism. Actually look at that nonsense chart they've drawn up. Everything which is "filled in" is either non-steps or steps that they had nothing to do with. The first five...
  6. Julie.chan

    "Respects Your Freedom" certification?

    You do realize that the FSF never has even mentioned Purism, right? Well, there were two crowdfunding projects for hardware which was on its way to RYF endorsement, both of which the FSF explicitly endorsed and linked to. Those being the TALOS, which failed miserably, and EOMA68, which barely...
  7. Julie.chan

    "Respects Your Freedom" certification?

    Purism is a company which I don't trust because of their history with the "Librem" laptops, which were marketed as if they could be given RYF certification when they simply couldn't due to the Intel ME. It's a well-documented case. And what they are offering is not even close to RYF-certified...
  8. Julie.chan

    Potential for Linux-libre on the Pyra?

    Debian is the only mainstream distro that deblobs the kernel. But yes, it does. All the blobs are in separate packages found in the non-free section.
  9. Julie.chan

    Flash Player Support

    You might as well forget about it. Flash Player is proprietary (so no one other than Adobe can port it), only an old beta version was ever available for ARM, and Gnash is only compatible up to around Flash 8 (most Flash stuff requires at least Flash 9 or 10). Lightspark isn't much better. So the...
  10. Julie.chan

    Power, Memory and Schematics

    That's assuming everyone that holds some copyright to the work can be contacted. This may be impossible if people start making modifications under the non-commercial license. That's why, as I said, I implore you to add the ND clause if you're going to insist on using a proprietary license for it...
  11. Julie.chan

    Power, Memory and Schematics

    I fully condemn the decision to put restrictions on commercial use of the schematics. But I don't expect to influence your decision regarding that, so if you're going to insist on that restriction, I want to implore you to also forbid modifications. The reason: non-commercial restrictions are...
  12. Julie.chan

    Removable battery - another reason why it's a good thing.

    That's not true. All batteries degrade over time and eventually become completely useless. Lithium-Ion batteries, in particular, lose a huge chunk of their capacity after only a couple of years.
  13. Julie.chan

    Removable battery - another reason why it's a good thing.

    It's planned obsolescence, and it's a problem. Hopefully EOMA will help solve it in the long-term. But I don't see what the story about explosive batteries has to do with this. The batteries being removable wouldn't have made them less faulty, and you can't exactly continue to use a phone that...
  14. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    As far as I can tell you can never cancel a pledge at any stage of the campaign. At the very least, if there is an option to cancel, I haven't seen it.
  15. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    Aaand, the goal was just reached, with almost exactly 22 hours to spare. :)
  16. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    One week left... it looks like this is going to be really close!
  17. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    That passthrough card is really neat. I'm planning on ordering some of those. It's got a lot of potential for future applications too.
  18. Julie.chan

    2G phase out

    Er, Wal-mart? Kroger? Meijer? Really, I can literally find one of these anyywhere. My last phone was one of these; I got it like a year or two ago, and my mom got one too just a little bit before that. And at the Kroger I work at, at least one of the... six?... phones they offer is one of those...
  19. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    I can't say I recognize that distinction. An argument is really just any discussion around a disagreement. What makes it pointless or fruitful is more how emotional those involved are. So for example, looking back, this was a very sloppy post that I shouldn't have made (I made quite a few...
  20. Julie.chan

    Really cool modular and freedom-respecting computer

    You can refuse to argue with me all you want, but it's not analogous. The Libre Tea card does not include any proprietary software when it is shipped to you or depend on any proprietary software for its intended use. That's exactly what it means for a product to respect your freedom. An x86 CPU...
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