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Author: Rafael Diniz
To: Bricolabs
Subject: Re: [Bricolabs] Fairphone should officially sell FP3 with a Free Software Only option
I got a Pinephone. I like it, I ran already many Linux distributions.
The only work still needed to be done to liberate it concerns the Linux
inside the baseband (a Quectel EG25), but work is ongoing for a free
software system in the baseband too.
; )


On 3/7/21 1:23 PM, Carsten Agger wrote:
> I just bought a new Fairphone 3, and the experience inspired me to write
> the following on their official forum:
> "
> I just received my FP3, and it’s a lovely device, following suit on FP1
> and FP2, both of which I’ve owned (the FP1 is bricked, the FP2 reboots
> randomly and needs a new mike - I suppose the mike could be fixed, but I
> dont know abt the restarts).
> Anyway, I really like the device and the work Fairphone is doing for a
> fairer production cycle and a fairer product in terms of repairability.
> However, in one respect I believe the phone is /not/ fair: It comes
> preloaded with Google’s Android including the full Google Apps suite -
> i.e., with a proprietary OS and a set of proprietary and very
> surveillance-heavy apps. Negatively, one might say it by default comes
> loaded with spyware. I don’t get how that is fair. As a long-standing
> free software activist and current member of the General Assembly of
> Free Software Foundation Europe (talking here, though, solely in my
> private capacity) I think that “fair” software is free - as in freedom,
> i.e. with all source code available.
> On the other hand, I get that many users want the comfort and efficiency
> in the Google App suite. The FP1 came with only free software from the
> AOSP project and a link to install Google Apps. I thought that was fair.
> Alternatively, you - Fairphone the organization - could sell FP3s
> preloaded with LineageOS or Sailfish OS or one of the other Google-free
> alternatives.
> I do realize that I can install one of those on the phone myself and
> will probably also end up doing so. But honestly, I don’t think it is
> reasonable by the standards of a project that declares itelf to be /the/
> fair phone - to put it like that, I don’t think it is FAIR - that the
> general, non-tech-savvy public can’t buy a fair and ethical phone that
> doesn’t by default opt them in to Google’s global surveillance circus.
> All the best and congratulations with all the cool things in the project,
> Carsten"
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