What do people that have contributed to the code base get? Who is getting money for this? I don't understand how you can go from an opensource project to a for-profit project.
Why not? Open source has nothing to do with software cost and they can't just create a closed source derivative. That said I'm not sure what their monetization plan is, but maybe that was your point.
You see, in the church of St iGNUcius, even offering polluted un-liberated software to members of the flock who want it is the equivalent of offering softdrinks to school kids in CA who want them: Debian is supposed to deny them that choice b'cos it's not good for them. Since they don't, and give the lowly users a choice (gasp!) of using polluted un-liberated software, they are blasphemers who don't deserve to be supported by the FSF. Even if the distros like Trisquel are ultimately based on their product (and the much hated Ubuntu).
Apparently users aren't supposed to have the freedom to choose if they want to give up a particular element of freedom in a particular context for a particular time. Easy response to deny people who want to borrow your phone "Oh no, I'm sorry it would be immoral of me to allow you the choice to use my proprietary phone."
When was the last time a proprietary video card driver or wifi chipset called home and caused you any problem?
I have no idea, and that's the scary part.
Even if everything is free and open and under your control and you can actually verify everything the ability to "phone home" is predicated on connection to a network, a network of systems that you don't control and that are potentially hostile. If you're genuinely paranoid about the potential for your system to "phone home" with some information then you could trap your network traffic and identify anything abnormal.
Becasue XBone sounds a bit rude, like boner.
Read all the sentences in the post - not just the first. As stated, shipping always needs to be paid for, but shipping on a tablet shouldn't exceed $8 (and realistically will be closer to $5). Over $20 and that's not shipping - that's just moving major parts of the cost from one highly visible line item to another to make something look cheaper.
Well Datawind charges $50 shipping.
And everyone in the industry recognizes this and we are already seeing stratification of the game development into good/better/best categories. Everything you listed is being addressed on some level. The PC and console development system is coalescing into one pipeline that addresses good/better/best hardware configs, and tailors the build for a specific platform at the end.
Wrong, that most certainly does not address the problem, that is simply going the path of an unoptimized and terribly inefficient methodology that does not utilize the specific aspects of the available hardware. So I don't see why you are so keen to pretend this is a good thing.
If everything I listed is being addressed and fits into a good/better/best then what are the definitions of these with respect to what I listed?
That "$44" tablet has a shipping price of $23.
So presumably this $38 tablet will be shipped for free?
At the end of the day, it makes more money for the publisher, but a small community library got absolutely burned in the process, and only ended up with a handful of books, and limited benefit
Wow that sounds like incredibly poor planning, if you set yourself on fire of course you're going to get burned.
Yes, I know later people were able to do it. But phoronix being unable to do it for a while is proof that the question being asked
The problem was related to the bootloader, it was specific to that device and implementation. People have had problems installing Linux due to the incompatibilities of different BIOS's and various other hardware and software even before UEFI came about.
And this question being asked does not have anything to do with SecureBoot, so I have no idea why you deemed it necessary to bring it up here.
You have no idea why? Really? If you take a look up a couple of posts and you'll see that's exactly what this thread is about...that's why.
(U)EFI , or at least its particular implementation, is the problem, as you yourself mention.
It's this specific implementation, but what's your point?
But the user still has to find how to turn off Secure Boot in a given UEFI implementation's setup screen to get an OS without code signing to work. Is that easy on all UEFI implementations?
Yes, and if you can't find it then read the manual or ask on a forum.