@tuxdevices @martijnbraam thankfully by someone that really knows what he's talking about. Very clearly written article, it seems the pinephone has put a lot more effort into opening up the stack than I thought ^^
Whatever happens with these two devices, it has already improved the state of mobile linux. Exciting times!
The bit about blobs left me slightly confused. If I understand correctly you are talking about drivers & firmware. I'd expect there'd be more than the things you mentioned, related to camera, display/graphics, bluetooth (possibly more?)
I later read https://amosbbatto.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/decide-pinephone-vs-librem-5/ which goes deep into tech details about these phones - lots about blobs (corrected after publishing). I wonder if some is still missing (eg. display firmware)?
Some details of interest: the WiFi chip for the Librem 5 is the same as the dev kit one: a Redpine RS9116. Purism worked with them to modify the chip so PureOS does not need to integrate binary blobs to make it work.
They’re also working on getting the camera datasheets public!
I hope both phones will succeed, find their market and community :)
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