[Tinkerphones] ZeroPhone site offline

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Thu Jan 6 00:59:33 CET 2022

On Monday, 3 January 2022 20:12:32 CET H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> It happened several times during development of the GTA04 that people
> said: nice but look you can buy this or that. Instead of helping getting
> GTA04 better and making it a success.

I have to follow up on precisely this point. While surfing the FSF's Web site 
and their "high priority" projects...


...I was reminded that the first item on the list is a Free Software phone 
operating system. Here, the FSF have decided to support Replicant:


If you look at what the Replicant project recommends...


...the first choice after all this time is still the GTA04. Now, the FSF have 
financially supported the Replicant project through their "Working Together 
for Free Software" fund:


This appears to be a directed donations scheme where 10% goes to the FSF for 
administering the fund, and if you visit the specific donations page for 
Replicant, it is noted that...

"$400-$600 will allow the Replicant team to buy one new device and make the OS 
compatible with it."


So, Samsung or Google get paid, but aside from that it is "volunteers 
welcome", I guess. Maybe if the FSF encouraged investment in the hardware that 
runs the Free Software, everyone else would be better off: hardware would get 
designed and made, software developers would be involved in that process and 
not have to reverse-engineer proprietary devices, and maybe those involved 
would also get paid for their time.


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