[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Plans
Tyler J. Wagner
tyler at tolaris.com
Wed Mar 7 11:42:21 UTC 2012
On 2012-03-07 11:33, Simon Greenwood wrote:
> It's slightly different
> to the PC platform in that the assumption, rightly or wrongly, is that
> customers don't generally install custom operating systems on their phones
> and tablets, and indeed I think there would be some reticence on behalf of
> the phone companies to allow that from both support and system security
> perspectives ...
This is changing. Sony and HTC now have both committed to providing an easy
way to unlock their phone devices' boot loaders. The process involves
informing them of your IMEI, so you effectively sign away the warranty.
I think that's a fair compromise. I prefer to be covered in case of
hardware failure, which shouldn't be within the capability of software to
harm. However, that is no longer true. For instance, I can turn on my
phone's camera light with such intensity that it will - theoretically -
heat up and destroy the LED.
Of course, the hardware should have overrides preventing that.
"Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of
men's minds, which follows from the advance of science."
-- Charles Darwin
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