Baptiste-Queru Leaves AOSP over Nexus 7 Factory Images Issues with Qualcomm; Petition

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    A loud ruckus surrounding the factory images for the new Nexus 7 has just developed over the past day or so. The source of the issue stems from Qualcomm licensing issues. Apparently Qualcomm has some custom code embedded in their new chips in the next generation Nexus 7, and they are unwilling/unable to work out some type of arrangement with Google so that Google's AOSP initiative can release the factory images. This resulted in quite a bit of drama.

    First, the famed AOSP developer Jean Baptiste-Queru has quit the AOSP in disgust over the whole issue. He is frustrated because he was being blamed for the issue, even though it is completely out of his hands to control. Here's a quote from him on the subject,

    Who wouldn't want to give up when faced with such a "catch 22" situation? Of course, that isn't the end of it. A petition has been put up on Change.org directed at the CEO of Qualcomm. Its sole purpose is to get the issue resolved by allowing the factory images to be published. If it works, hopefully it might also bring Jean Baptiste-Queru back to the AOSP. Here's a quote from the petition, followed by a link in case you want to sign your name to it,

    It's funny how software patents create such a huge headache, even when it's not about someone getting sued.

    Source: Change.org
     
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    I'm mixed on this issue. GPUs are very competitive. I think they should be able to protect their IP but on the flip side, they are working in an open environment. They are supposed to be releasing code because of the GPL license of Android (correct me if I'm wrong). They are in fact breaking the rules of Linux by not doing so. At the same time though, this is the kind of thing that takes down giants and helps the little guys to grow and get better.
     
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    I admit, I'm a hardware IC chip designer so I don't fully appreciate software IP, but I would think that protecting their chip design should be sufficient. I realize that the firmware and driver code can give insights into how the GPU was designed and put together, but it's very difficult to put the whole circuit design together based on custom code. Intel releases source code for the chipsets and GPUs all of the time for Linux and they don't seem to suffer (then again Intel is not known for their GPUs). I believe AMD (formerly ATI) releases source code for their GPU drivers without issue, but I could be wrong on that... (citation needed?)
     
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    Petition signed.
     
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    JBQ is not just some guy to let go of like yesterday's paper, if you follow the AOSP mailing list he single handedly answers every question.

    shame
     
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    I wonder if he'll come back now? Must suck to work with people who won't give you the tools you need to succeed.

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