OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen -- a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing - as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in...

Open Source RISC-V Core Designs, Why Google Cares and Why They Matter

The CPU is one of the most crucial components of our computers, responsible of performing basic calculations, logical comparisons and moving data around. These simple tasks are the building blocks of any more complex operation, and make running our systems and programs possible. How these operations are done is not random: an Instruction Set Architecture (ISA)...

Android-x86 Accuses Console OS of Scamming — What Happened

A storm has been brewing in the Android-x86 developer community. The CEO of crowdfunded project ‘Console OS’ has been accused of scamming his Kickstarter backers by failing to deliver on his promises. Thanks to popular threads on social media sites such as reddit, the storm grew into a full-blown drama hurricane. But who are the parties...

The Importance of Open Source in Root

Update: Having discussed this with Chainfire, I thought it would be a good idea to add some clarifications here. There are many reasons for software to be open or closed source, and the security of it is not determined by the availability of its source. There's a lot of very secure (and well written) closed...

Encore Music – XDA App Review

We listen to music a lot on our devices. We now have more providers of music than we know what to do with. Google Play Music and Spotify are some of the more popular options. The issue, currently, is that we end up downloading many apps to do one thing, listening to our favorite music. Download...

Encore Music: an Open Source, Extendable Music Player

Streaming services have become a convenient and popular way to enjoy the latest music on the go. Unfortunately, using such a service means you need to use multiple apps if you want to keep your local music separate, or that you have to settle with the service's official app even if it lacks features you...

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...

XDA Partners With YU On Official Device Forum

Here at XDA we understand that the members of the mobile community can influence the success of an OEM, for better or worse. This is based largely on how seriously the OEM takes the community and how well they engage it, or in the case of some who languish - how well they don't. There are...

Quo Vadis, Open {Source, Standards, World}? w/ Jan Wildeboer – XDA:DevCon 2014

Open Source was a big topic at this year’s XDA:DevCon 2014 in Manchester, UK. For those who were not able to make it, we will be releasing another session for you to enjoy. Today, we offer a video talking about Open Source from Jan Wildeboer. This topic was also covered by Alin Jerpelea’s session: AOSP...