Me too. It’s why I started the project, so that ethical companies were able to offer an ethical processor. Mediatek and Qualcomm processors are in no way ethically developed or supplied.
Look at the Fairphone 1: several of us in the Software Libre Community warned very loudly, right at the start, about the consequences of using an unethical processor. What happened? Security flaws were found, Fairphone went back to the Chinese ODM, said “we urgently need the source code so we can make an updated image!” And they replied, “oh we never had it, we got given a prebuilt binary image by Mediatek. NOBODY gets the source”.
Only Alcatel Lucent has ever properly complied with the GPL on their phones, because they are big enough to deal with Mediatek direct, and demanded access to the linux kernel and u-boot source.
Result: Fairphone 1 - billed as an eco conscious phone - goes into landfill (unless someone managed to reverse engineer the processor, in the intervening years since I last checked)
This will keep on happening again and again, and I am fed up with it, enough to actually start a processor design that is fully libre.
In addition, the reason for doing a GPU and VPU in the same core is so that there is no proprietary entrapment on the 3D and Video drivers. The situation with PowerVR is just insane. They charge USD 150,000 for “support”, and they ban Fabless Semi customers from compiling up new revisions of their driver code!
By developing everything as libre, the hardware, software, firmware, bootloader, everything, this insanity goes away.
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