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1st September 2013, 06:18 PM   |  #1046  
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Originally Posted by skyworxx

Is it the decision of the CM team to abandon the device settings?

That was a minor annoyance, but other stuff was brought up in the same post. Note how the CM leads went out of their way not to address one of the claims in any way, shape, or form.


What I will say is: Steve's response is bull****. First he spindoctored heavily by translating "CM is almost purely GPL *OR* Apache" (true) to "CM is almost purely GPL" (which is indeed false) and accusing people of spreading bull**** because he couldn't read the claim properly, or chose not to read it properly.

Second, a commercial relicensing of Focal with assignment of commercial rights to Cyanogen, Inc. does not give xplodwild any additional freedoms whatsoever - He already has the freedom to relicense Focal if he chooses IF there are no other contributors (however, Hugin's presence may result in Focal not being relicensable even if xplodwild wanted to). The only organization who gains any additional freedoms from such an arrangement is Cyanogen, Inc - and the only freedom they gain is to create a closed-source proprietary derivative. So Steve claims not to be trying to create a closed-source derivative - but one of his first actions (actually, it was Koush's action, Steve supported him though) was to take an action that can only lead to a closed-source derivative. Actions speak louder than words. What is especially scary is the fact that Koush didn't ask politely, he just went to xplodwild and said, "We're relicensing it, the contributor agreement allows us to do so."

First: The CM contributor agreement allows for sublicensing, not relicensing. It doesn't allow someone to sign away a right they may not have in the first place. (In the case of GPLed code, the contributor agreement doesn't magically allow CM to relicense GPL contributions.)
Second: Focal was forked into CM via github, bypassing the contributor agreement, so it doesn't apply.

On top of this, the first rule of bending xplodwild over and giving him the shaft is - don't talk about bending xplodwild over and giving him the shaft. There has been zero discussion of this even in internal private CM channels, and any attempt to discuss it has been squashed rapidly, including pressuring xplodwild not to talk about their attempt to shaft him to anyone.

Something that used to be a way for me to get my mind off of stress has now become a massive source of stress for me.

I've been staying quiet about this in public for a while now, only hinting to issues, hoping things could be resolved amicably. But the fact that the project leadership insists on sweeping this under the rug and not discussing it at all means it's highly unlikely to get resolved.

Which leaves me in a ****ty position - I really can't motivate myself to contribute to an organization that pulls **** like this, but there isn't really much else in the Android world. Yes, there's been some discussion of possibly forking - but my stress levels are high enough as it is. I'd rather just go back to shiny blinkenlights and microcontroller projects than deal with this drama.

On top of that, multiple devices were tagged for 10.1 RC/stable that do not in any way deserve such a designator. Seriously - if a major app such as Netflix doesn't work (which it doesn't without horrible hacks that have no business being in a stable release on Exynos4 devices), then CM shouldn't be marked stable on that device. However, the leads went and tagged all Exynos4 devices as stable without any discussion with those devices' maintainers (they claim otherwise, but I can tell you without a doubt that Xplodwild and I were not consulted on N7000, nor was I consulted with I777), in order to get the stable device count up and look better to investors. In addition to Netflix not working, performance is complete and utter **** on 4210 devices - it's mostly working, but not in a way that merits calling it "stable".
Last edited by Entropy512; 1st September 2013 at 06:32 PM.
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