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FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant 63

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gnujoshua writes "The FSF has launched a fundraiser for Replicant, the fully free Android distro. As of version 4.0 0004, Replicant runs on 10 different devices, but, the hopes are that with additional funds, the developers will be able to purchase more devices and grow the project so it will run on more devices. Yesterday, the FSF asked Mark Shuttleworth if the Ubuntu EDGE would commit to using only free software and be able to support Replicant. But, in an AMA on Reddit, Shuttleworth confirmed that Replicant would not be supported because the EDGE hardware will require proprietary drivers/binary-blobs." Replicant now supports ten devices, compared to only the HTC Dream not all that long ago.
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FSF Launches Fundraiser For Replicant

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 26, 2013 @02:02PM (#44392931)

    Joshua Davis, why doesn't the FSF start this fundraiser on a well-known crowd funding site?

  • by jarle.aase (1440081) <jarle@jgaa.com> on Friday July 26, 2013 @02:55PM (#44393489)
    I agree.

    I believe it would be better to build a privacy-oriented free alternative to all the spy-on-me crapware. This year there are several new mobile OS'es up for release, but they all seem all to be designed for HTML5 or the "cloud", which in my book, are even more evil than Android or iOS. There was a time when I had hope for Nokia, but then Stephen Elop happened.

    I want a phone that can run applications, on the device. I want to decide which applications. I want to be able to block any company or service I see as evil, or that may not respect my privacy. I don't want any backdoors or phone-home bs.

    Basically, I want free software that behaves well. Designed by good people who focus on usability, security and privacy - rather than data gathering and me-as-a-product.

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