Comment: Replicant is open source, but not a real alternative

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Replicant is open source, but not a real alternative

Replicant aims to open up all software on Android phones:

http://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/wiki/Replican...

If you read the status on supported devices, however, you will see that the modem, WIFI, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS firmwares are all proprietary. You can install a 100% free an open source Replicant system on your phone, but you won't be able to make phone calls, access the internet, use GPS, Bluetooth, or NFC. Until there are open source alternatives to the firmware, the phone can never be made 100% open source. With closed source firmware, you have no idea what the firmware can and cannot do, and have no control over the phone.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis