“I just accept that a smartphone is not 100% reliable in what it does. It can’t be according to my subjective perception of nowadays software quality (or lack thereof),”
So you admit that FPOOS, which Open Source, lacks the software quality it needs?
How about improving it? Reliable software can be written.
Your words are nothing short of a capitulation.
Why should anyone want to buy a phone (or install this OS on it) if even the people close to it’s development say that it cannot be trusted?
If you don’t even set yourself higher goals, how could you ever achieve them?
I work in the IT department of a large international airport. Believe me, reliable software is possible and it does exist. Both commercial an Open Source. Without it, operating air travel would be dangerous for passengers and people on the ground. Todays jet airliners are operated solely by computers and software, they control everything on board, and so is ATC, air traffic control.
Thank god reliable software does exist.
“I would return it. And I wouldn’t compare a probably hardwired simple alarm clock with a computer device running overly complex layers of software. It’s quite a stretch.”
is just far away from reality. If the alarm clock isn’t mechanical, anything showing digital numbers is also just a piece of software. But a reliable piece of software.
" If all else fails … Installing the Fairphone 2 from scratch"
As the unreliability is new to alarm clock (wasn’t there before A9 level), simply undo the damage done to it’s source code. Regress and go back to earlier, reliable code revisions, and learn where the mistake was done.