Richard Stallmans standpoint about openmoko
t3st3r at mail.ru
Tue Apr 24 15:02:37 CEST 2007
Simon Norberg wrote:
> I mailed Richard Stallman a while ago regarding a few things including
> what he thought about openmoko and his answer was:
> I could endorse it if they get rid of the plan to use non-free
> software for the GPS.
> I don't think the answer surprise anyone, but atleast we know for sure
> now. And i really hope we can replace the non-free GPS software as
> soon as possible or atleast before the public release.
> Simon Norberg
As for me, I'm have to ask few "unfair" questions.
1) Why there should be some closed-source daemon which does some unknown
things?And why should I trust it, if I have no idea what it does?
2) As I understand, to fully use features of AGPS I should send some
data to some server over network, without really having any idea what
they will do with these data, if they will collect them for later use
and if my privacy protected here or not.As far as I can understand I
can't set up my own server to connect it via secure channel and hence to
ensure that privacy level and data handling policy is acceptable for
Of course it is possible to do some sort of tracking with GSM and there
is nothing you can do about it (you have to announce network about your
presence to be able to receive calls, if network has no idea where you
are, incoming call will fail with "the subscriber is not available at
this moment...").But GSM-based tracking is low-precision (something like
500meters wide ring around serving cell or in worst case, cross of
500-meter wide rings if more than 1 serving cell were used) and only
possible when phone calls, transfers data, etc.GPS allows to do much
more high-precision tracking and this seems to be somewhat unfair idea
to send gps data to some server without really having idea what they
will do with these data and which data collection policy is really in
Sorry for being paranoid a bit.
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