Boot2Gecko - Open Web Device
Marcelo E. Magallon
marcelo.magallon at gmail.com
Sat Apr 7 15:16:38 CEST 2012
On Fri, Apr 06, 2012 at 11:48:59PM +0000, elf Pavlik wrote:
> "The heart of the system is Mozilla's Boot2Gecko, which has
> always been open and opensource. The Open Web Device is also
> using a Linux Kernel (the same one used by Android devices)
> which is also open. This is a 100% open project where, for
> instance, operators and OEMs can actively and openly contribute
> to the code, instead of Mozilla developing internally and
> making code drops available."
Are we falling into the same trap *again* (and by "again" I mean
"the 6th or 7th time in a row")?
The fact that the site has a *flash* video should tell you
something about the level of commitment to openness and
interoperability, but even if you choose to ignore that, this
The Open Web Device is also using a Linux Kernel (the same
one used by Android devices) which is also open. This is a
100% open project [...]
should fire up all the alarms. Sure, the kernel is open. What
about the drivers? Are we going to be playing the "open shim to
closed drivers" game again? Is the video driver open? Is the
modem driver open? Is the audio driver open? Is the GPS driver
open? Are *ALL* the drivers open?
If this is the measure of openness they are using, Android is
100% open, too. Manufacturers throw a couple of closed drivers
underneath and a couple of closed "UI differentiators" on top,
but hey, the stack is open.
operators and OEMs can actively and openly contribute to the
code, instead of Mozilla developing internally and making
code drops available.
The keyword here is "can".
I'm sorry to sound bitter, but I've seen variations of this for
the last 15 years, and I don't blame manufacturers, I blame
users who have consistently accepted "90% open" for "100% open",
praise the manufactures for throwing them a bone, and then come
back complaining to the developers of the actually open stuff
because the other 10%, which is what they actually care about,
doesn't work as well as they demand it to.
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