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Re: [SLUG] Android-based smartphones - any drawbacks ?
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Android-based smartphones - any drawbacks ?
- From: Troy Rollo <troy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:18:25 +1100
- Organization: Parry Carroll, Lawyers
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On Friday 03 February 2012 08:25:40 Jeremy Visser wrote:
> Sadly, people these days don't care and this post will be ignored.
> Amazingly enough, not even technical or otherwise FOSS–loving people
> seem to care. Blah blah pragmatism blah blah works well enough. Nothing
> about principles.
Some of us care. Those who care currently have Nokia N9s, which is the most
open phone (straight out of the box) on the market. It's a real Linux (not
Android), with apps written in C++. If you switch on development mode (it's an
option in the settings) you can even get a terminal window, or SSH in, and
become root (no hacks required).
The only drawbacks are that development of the ecosystem is somewhat terminal
given that the vendor has moved it to maintenance mode in favour of an OS from
the Western United States, and that it has Aegis FS, so root cannot
necessarily access all files.
It's also pretty, which is one of the reasons my daughter got one.
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