GPL Posts on XDA

Xiaomi Finally Releases Kernel Sources

If you are familiar with Xiaomi, you might have heard that they are not the most compliant when it comes to the General Public License that makes the core of Android open to us. The terms of the GPLv2 state that since the Android kernel is based on the Linux kernel, which is licensed under...

Free Software Philosophy Part 1: On Knowledge & Education

“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in...

GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts...

GPLv2 and Its Infringement by Xiaomi

Xiaomi has announced their spectacularly spec'ed Mi Note Pro, which features the latest in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors alongside a big 2K display and 4GB of RAM for a killer price. That being said, there’s something that is not-so-good about Xiaomi’s offerings that is a concern to many developers, especially many found here on XDA: Xiaomi's...

Xiaomi Releases Kernel Source for Redmi 1S

In terms of sales, Xiaomi has become one of the leading OEMs in Android ecosystem. Despite its popularity--especially in Asia--Xiaomi isn't a commonly discussed topic on XDA. This is in fact due to the potential negative ramifications of indirectly supporting a company that routinely violates GPL licensing, and in effect violates XDA's rules. In the last...

Sony Releases Open Source Files for the Xperia Z Ultra and M

"Good Guy Greg Sony". It's a rather affectionate title that Sony's been given for the past few months, particularly for their leading track record in GPL compliance as displayed on multiple occasions. So to make sure that they're continuing their fairly extraordinary performance, they've just released the open source files for the recently announced Xperia...

OEMs and GPL Compliance

At XDA, we like open source. In fact, you could say we love it. We have a GPL policy to ensure users understand the best ways to follow the GPL, and ensure others can make use of their work to improve all our devices.Unfortunately though, OEMs often lag behind the efforts of the hobbyist third-party developers....

Attorney Daniel Nazer to Talk Patent Trolls at XDA:DevCon 2013

Daniel Nazer is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property team, focusing on patent reform. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He also practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented...

Sony Continues AOSP Initiative on the Tablet Z

Sometimes, you can harp on a subject so much that you end up beating a dead horse. In our eyes, this is not one of those instances. Enough can't be said for companies that take Open Source seriously, as well as their responsibility to contribute back to the very community that helps to boost adoption rates...

XDA University: Adding Features to Your Freshly Compiled Kernel

We've previously covered step-by-step guides on how to compile your own kernel from source. Simply compiling some readily available source code though is only half the battle. For there to be any benefit of compiling and flashing your own kernel, you're going to need to make some modifications. Which particular changes you make is of...

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is...

Kernel Source Released for Some HTC One Variants and the Droid DNA

OK. It's no big secret. The HTC One is a great and exciting device. You've heard us talk about it---everything from the launch event and preliminary benchmarks to giving the device and its carrier variants a place on our forums. Now, we have kernel source for some One variants, which is great news for those looking to...