AGPS closed source drivers = DRM for public data

Gabriel Ambuehl gabriel_ambuehl at
Wed Dec 27 16:22:02 CET 2006

On Wednesday 27 December 2006 15:26, Marcus Bauer wrote:
> > Considering that we have an userland application that drives the chip,
> > shouldn't it be relatively straight forward to reverse engineer the
> > protocol?
> That takes time and with every new version of the phone the game starts
> all over. Closed source driver have always been a pain on Linux and
> still are.

It's not a real driver, it's userland daemon. It should work across different 
versions of the kernel for all I understand.

> As FIC is planning to buy 100.000 of the chips per month they have
> enough buying power to communicate to GL that open specs are indeed a
> selling point.

One would hope so, yes.

> As the open source community supports FIC, so can do FIC in return. We
> just need to push them a little bit.

I hope there's no need for that. Considering the stance they've taken on WiFi 
(which is, in some way, even more extreme), they'll annoy A LOT of people if 
don't take the same stance on the GPS.
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