Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) open source bits released ahead of launch

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urlSamsung is frequently bashed for not open sourcing their device kernel blobs and binaries but the South Korean giant is nevertheless still committed to make available the sources of their latest gadgets.

Samsung has this time outdone themselves a bit by publishing the kernel sources for the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) slated to be unveiled next month.The kernel sources mostly contain Samsung’s own proprietary blobs but those should nevertheless allow developers to play around and fork the stock Samsung kernel to implement few tweaks of their own.

Be wary that those sources will not serve as a complete base to port AOSP-based roms to the closed source Exynos-based Galaxy Note 10.1. – Samsung is not willing to share more of their closed stuff with the developer community; the current state of Exynos sources speak for themselves.

The lack of open components in Samsung’s sources has caused a major headache for developers. Let’s not forget the Exynos Saga around the state of Samsung’s binaries for graphics. The situation might change for the best if Samsung changes its mind but the future is bleak.

You can grab the bits here.
via SamMobile

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