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Kernel Source Released for the OPPO Find 5
Often times, device manufacturers seem to think the GPL license that governs the Linux kernel used in Android is merely a suggestion rather than a legal obligation. Unfortunately, these are usually devices coming from manufacturers few of us have ever even heard of. And due to the lack of popularity in regions where GPL is properly enforced, these violations often go unnoticed.
The OPPO Find 5 is an intriguing device. Featuring a powerful 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an outstanding 5″ 1080p display, and a healthy 2 GB of RAM; the device certainly had the right hardware. In fact, we even took a closer look at said hardware, thanks to Adam. However, even with the high end specs and purposefully designed innards, it was still the odd one out. Luckily, we’ve seen kernel source appear in unlikely places. And now, we get the chance to add one more to the mix.
Ideally, news of this kernel source release wouldn’t be cause for a highlight here on the XDA Portal. In a perfect world, rather, we would see complete kernel source release prior to device launch for every device. However, that’s unfortunately not the case now. That said, these are baby steps towards the goal of overall GPL compliance. Let’s hope that in the future we can continue to see GPL compliance from these lesser known manufacturers. And while the device has only been available for around a month, we wish to see these releases prior to launch. Until then, let’s at least be happy with these efforts.
Kernel devs who fancy the device’s unique hardware and wish to get started with development can get to the goods by heading over to the source links below.unboxing hangout]
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