Neon Pinebook Remix as part of KDE

Albert Astals Cid aacid at kde.org
Tue Apr 17 18:45:27 UTC 2018


El dimarts, 17 d’abril de 2018, a les 15:27:52 CEST, Jonathan Riddell va 
escriure:
> Seems nobody is too fussed about this and since KDE already has done
> this for some years I'll release it

How urgent is this, can we wait until a BoF at Akademy? I think it's one of 
those things it's easier to get an agreement on person.

Cheers,
  Albert

> 
> Jonathan
> 
> On 11 April 2018 at 14:18, Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org> wrote:
> > Dearest KDE
> > 
> > KDE neon is a project to bring KDE's software to the people by various
> > convenient and rapid methods.  Recently we've been working on packages
> > for the Pinebook [1].  Pinebook is a < $100 laptop using an ARM
> > processor which will open up whole new markets to KDE software and
> > computing generally as well as a great proof of concept of plasma on a
> > really low profile device.  We have a real chance of having Plasma and
> > other free software shipped on a laptop which will enable people to
> > access digital freedom who otherwise would be offline.
> > 
> > However it needs a proprietary driver for the graphics to work.  Neon
> > is only building free software of course and the installable images as
> > well as the Docker images and Snap packages we make are all 100% free
> > software.  The packaging for the driver is hosted outside Neon and KDE
> > infrastructure but of course it's needed for the images.  At the
> > moment the Neon Pinebook Remix's installable images are built on
> > Neon's servers but hosted on my private server.
> > 
> > While the manifesto and licencing policy are clear that KDE projects
> > must be free software it doesn't say anything about supporting drivers
> > or build infrastructure for that software.  Plasma Active has shipped
> > images with non-free firmware and drivers on for years
> > (https://files.kde.org/plasma/active/4.0/images/nexus7/).
> > 
> > How do we feel about shipping installable images with non-free
> > supporting software?  The alternative is to drop and not ship any more
> > images for Plasma Active or Mobile etc.
> > 
> > Jonathan
> > 
> > [1] https://www.pine64.org/?page_id=3707







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