The hottest and most emotionally charged topics in the Android community is bootloaders and AOSP. The idea behind Android and open source is what feeds the dedicated developers from around the globe. They are a passionate bunch who love to share with the community. The community benefits from the countless hours these men and women pour into coding, tweaking, testing and compiling for the many different Android handsets out there. CyanogenMod alone supports at least 50 different targets (handsets.) That is quite impressive and quite a task.


Not to mention all the fantastic developers on Android dot net, Droid Forums and XDA who constantly update and post their release threads for the masses. It's a wildly passionate community centered around one star...Android.


DroidForums came across this entry from Jean- Baptiste Quero (Google Software Engineer.) Jean wrote an amazing piece on Google + called "Another year of AOSP" Reading through the comments one knows it's just a matter of time before someone chimes in about the way corporations handle their business in regards to allowing access to their proprietary files, bootloaders and everything in between. When the community gets on edge they like to take action and spam social networks, executives inbox's and demand answers. His response is something that is part warning and part enlightening. It should be shared among the community and this is why we are sharing it with you.


"Surprisingly, one of the most important things is to be reasonable and patient. If the community sends an image of being demanding, picky, noisy, companies will simply not want to deal with anyone at all. The worst you can do is to appear uncompromising, to show that you'll only ever be satisfied with the purest of the pure Open-Source Free Software Copyleft: if you send a message that you won't see any value in any of the intermediate steps that a company might make, they won't even bother making the first step. Also, using those companies' property without having a license or working around the restrictions set by those companies isn't seen with a good eye: if you show that you're not willing to play by the rules, they won't want to play at all.




Every time a company hears demands that all their code should be released under the GPL, or reads bad press about alleged GPL violations, or sees people bypassing locked bootloaders, distributing unlicensed proprietary files, RMA-ing overclocked phones that overheated, it gets that much harder to convince that company to do the right thing, as it already takes a lot of effort just to get back to a point where such a company doesn't see Open-Source as the enemy. In any such discussion, both sides need to understand one another. The companies need to understand what's important for the Open-Source community, but the Open-Source community also needs to understand what's important for companies. No company wants to be associated with people who create bad press, and no company wants to be associated with people who don't respect IP rights."








Source: Google +