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  1. Yes, they believe they have selected the best available hardware regarding what can get achieved free software wise. Replicant itself is free software. Newest piece of information is, the replicant person got it wrong. The display on the pinephone does not require non free software to run. Similar to the ec on a libreboot computer? The modem on the pinephone has an usb connection to the main cpu. Replicant wants to apply usb guard knowing it might have no effect.
  2. Can you be more specific or are you suggesting I write and ask redpinesignals?
  3. It this similar to the ec on a libreboot computer? I agree it is unacceptable if we do not get access to the source code. But by fsf's respect your freedom definition it does not matter because the device cannot receive updates or it cannot get on the internet.
  4. For my part I think as free as it gets is an option which should be taken. It builds knowledge such that if hardware able to run entirely on free software gets on the market then it will likely be easier to prepare the software which we want. You cannot software wise tweak the wifi card to use less power? Shorter range for smaller power consumption? I wrote bunnie if he new about a free software wifi card suitable for a phone? He did not. This was his answer. solution to the closed firmware problem has been to firewall the wifi chip behind a controller. Basically, we consider everything inside the wifi chip to be insecure. It's conceptually the same assumption as saying the access point is insecure, but with a perimeter slightly closer to the phone. This does mean we are burning extra hardware on a dedicated firewall CPU to manage the wifi chip. It's not the ideal solution, Fyi. A replicant manager wrote, that maybe the display of the pinephone requires non free software to work. People on pinephone's irc did not know what he was referring to. If it requires non free software then a pinephone replicant port is not an option. Apparently replicant will get a pinephone and then will have to test the phone. About the listed hardware in posts here. Pinephone says, people can join in how the phone is going to be build.
  5. If you are referring to replicant I do not agree. https://www.replicant.us/freedom-privacy-security-issues.php I tell people purism has been misleading, omitting and vague about free software and their products. If pinephone gets on sale for the general public and it gets marketed as a free software or open source phone without detailing which devices on the phone require non free software in order to run then I will tell people the company misleads people. thinkpenguin told me, the usb 9271 wifi card is still being manufactured. And it should be able to fit in a phone. https://im01.itaiwantrade.com/f367ea9c-58be-4e45-a1d2-732e219cb83e/DNUA-93F-100x100.png According to pinephone's irc they had not considered the ar9271 usb option. One solution might be to add a nano usb hub to a later pinephone mainboard. Pinephone's irc said, there is no sdio slave controller for the ar9271.
  6. https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/ Free software is software you may use, share, modify and redistribute. Replicant has decided to investigate if they can port a replicant version to the phone. Replicant has said, they know of no phone better about free software. All modems on the market require non free software. Same about the modem in the pinephone. A downside of the pinephone is the wifi card, 8723cs, because it requires non free firmware software. On pinephone's irc I was told, they went for the 8723cs because pinephone could find no viable free software supported sdio wifi card. Is it the case, there is no free software supported sdio wifi card for sale? On pinephone's irc the ESP8089, ESP8266, ESP32 chips were mentioned. Are they computers like the ardinos? If they are, I expect they are not usable in a phone, because of power consumption. The chips were mentioned because it should not be inherently impossible to write free software drivers and firmware for them. Do you know about forums for such matters? Thanks.
  7. After I aborted the installation, I reinstalled armbian on the same sd card. Turning on the orange pi one I got the mentioned error messages. And gparted on a x86 computer displays an i/o error if I want to format the sd card. Therefore I took another sd card, which is 4gb and installed debian on it. Turning on the orange pi one I get the same error messages as when I used the first sd card. I think it is unlikely that the second sd card is defect. The 4gb sd card is a class 4 sd card. That is not good enough?
  8. orange pi one I was installing armbian buster. Then decided to abort the installation and turned off power. If I install armbian on a sd card and then put the sd card into the orange pi one, the orange pi one keeps rebooting and display message boot. env file invalid elf header rebooting. Is the orange pi garbage? Can I reset the orange pi one? Thank you.
  9. You reinstall armbian. Run command sudo apt purge iozone3 armbian-firmware Then command sudo armbian-config From the menu you select kernel 5.3? And install it? I did not know a kernel for arm has to be customized for the mainboard.
  10. http://www.fsfla.org/ikiwiki/selibre/linux-libre/ I expect this is the software. Free software is software you may use, share, modify and redistribute. To my knowledge orange pi one has an armv7 cpu. And the gpu is the same as on a pinephone. On this forum I was told command apt purge iozone3 armbian-firmware might turn armbian into a free software system. There is an armv7 libre linux kernel, which to some extend supports mali gpus. I want to test the libre linux kernel on an orange pi one computer, to get to know how well a Mali 400 MP2 runs on free software. Maybe it can give a streak of how well the pinephone's gpu will run on free software? How do you test a libre linux kernel on an orange pi one? Do you purge the linux kernel from armbian and then install libre linux kernel? Thanks.
  11. https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/ It gets the same cpu as the pine64. If you have a pine64 can it run common programs like firefox, vlc, libre office, gimp and jitsi? Is the pine64 as fast as the orange pi one?
  12. https://youtu.be/HUsQaSZ0KhE?t=199 What is the significance of a battery connector? Does it make it easier to make a battery notebook which you can connect and disconnect a power supply unit to while notebook is running and charge while running? Free software is software you can use, share, modify and redistribute. Does the wifi work on free software? This computer is not? Does the rock64 have a battery port? Thanks.
  13. I was talking about how to organize the software development more efficient such that instead of having a number of partly supported computers, we have one or a few which are fully supported. I would want it to be able to run on free software which is software you can use, share, modify and redistribute. Thereby giving people a viable free software alternative to a raspberry pi. It should be possible to agree on a computer. It should be powerful enough to act as a notebook. I do not think free software people are able to organize such an enterprise. But that is free software people failing. I got an orange pi one. I tested armbian stretch on it. Playing hd videos stutters. Browsing internet is close to not working. On this forum I was told it is due to lack of software support. Would the orange pi one not have stood stronger against the raspberry pi had the software about the orange pi one been organized such that it got full free software support, including if necessary a crowd funding of reverse engineering some pieces of software?
  14. Companies like orange pi develope hardware. Put it on sale and then gamble on that people will provide the software? It appears new hardware turns up every year. Do computers like those from orange pi reach a level of full software support? Would it not be more efficient if one computer got identified as the best on price and performance and then software development would get focused on that computer? Such that one computer would become the computer to buy. Isn't that what raspberry pi did? To me it appears that all these armbian computers results in divided efforts. And no armbian computer reaches great software support? Of course even if it got agreed upon which computer to focus on regarding providing software, after some time another computer should be agreed on. I notice a couple of inefficient circumstances about soc computers looking like the raspberry pi. Unlike atx their ports are not located at the same spots. Unlike x86 one image is not working on all of them. https://libre.computer/ Isn't libre computer introducing standard arm images like standard isos for x86?