Conference #48 - Replicant: software freedom on mobile devices

Mobile devices 50 mn en_US Large people, Geek Confirmed

Conference introduction

Android is developed by Google mostly as open source, through the Android Open Source Project. However, AOSP cannot actually run on most devices without proprietary software for supporting various hardware features. Back in 2010, the Replicant project was founded by a couple of free software enthusiasts to try and bring a fully free version of Android to the first Android phone, the HTC Dream, by replacing or avoiding the proprietary parts. Four years later, more than 10 different devices are supported by the project, which still focuses primarily on software freedom. Hence, making Replicant the only mobile operating system that truly puts the emphasis on freedom.

About speaker


Paul Kocialkowski started using free software in 2008 and soon gained interest in software freedom, with a particular emphasis on running fully free systems. After an unfortunate soldering accident on his Openmoko FreeRunner board, he decided to try out Replicant, the fully free Android version. Starting as a user of the system, he gradually became the main developer of the project and holds that position since more than two years now. He is also in charge of maintaining the single board computers and plug computers comparisons from the software freedom perspective on the Free Software Foundation's website.

Conference description

This talk will present Replicant as part of the effort to reach software freedom on (telephony-enabled) mobile devices. First, it will introduce the major freedom issues that are encountered on these devices, as well as considerations regarding the security of these devices and the communications made with them, from an ideal scenario to what the reality actually is today. The talk will then focus on the proprietary parts needed by most open source mobile operating system and how Replicant comes into play. Various community Android versions will be mentionned, as well as other systems such as Firefox OS or Ubuntu Touch. An overview of what was accomplished by the Replicant project over the years will then be mentioned, as well as the challenges we are currently facing and the current state of the project. Finally, a demonstration of Replicant running on various devices will be shown!

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  • Tuesday 8/7 à 16:20 | Amphi 31 - 43.632778;3.862760

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