[maemo-users] MeeGo community demo

From: Gary gary at eyetraxx.net
Date: Fri May 7 22:17:52 EEST 2010
On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 1:07 AM, Xavier Bestel wrote:

> I don't see how the community release will be something else than
> command-line, at least on smartphones: all the graphic chips supported
> (or announced) so far use closed-source binary drivers (i.e. the one in
> the N900 or the Z6 Atom-based chipset recently announced by Intel).
> You won't be able to have a community-supported system on these.

Just because it doesn't ship with closed source drivers doesn't mean you
won't be able to use them. The stack includes plug-in options for things
like drivers, codecs, etc. that can't ship with the freely downloadable OS.
But if Nokia or another vendor were to make those drivers available
regardless of their license, you'd still be able to use them -- or they
might have their own distribution already taylored to a specific device. It
seems pretty modular and the model is similar to that of Debian -- nothing
but free stuff in the main repositories but there are still non-free and 3rd
party repositories available to the end user.

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