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[Jolla Tablet] Will it have an open boot loader ?

asked 2014-11-19 13:14:00 +0300

MartinK gravatar image

updated 2014-11-19 13:19:56 +0300

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Will the Jolla tablet have an open bootloader so that third party Linux distros (Nemo Mobile, Fedora, etc.) can be used on it ?

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Really interesting idea... As Jolla tablet is powered by Intel (x86) CPU this should be possible.

eworm ( 2014-12-03 00:41:53 +0300 )edit

Can we make this a request? I think this would be a great idea and should contribute to the overall usability of the tablet/OS.

faronium ( 2014-12-03 01:22:03 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-03 02:22:39 +0300

m4r0v3r gravatar image

updated 2014-12-03 02:24:26 +0300

in the irc meeting Stskeeps said that it would be open. what am more curious about is the drivers

actually what do you mean by open? as in able to boot other operating systems? or open sourced? the first one will be available, unsure about second, but if its a 64bit operating system bootloaders like Grub can be used

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Drivers used are confirmed as being the Android ones. So it'll certainly boot Android ROMs, and presumably Ubuntu Touch (like Sailfish it uses libhybris). You might be able to install Windows RT on it if you can get hold of the drivers ... but it's doubtful anyone would want to.

midnightoil ( 2014-12-03 02:33:45 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-12-03 02:32:18 +0300

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updated 2014-12-03 02:34:03 +0300

Related to m4r0v3r's answer, the (understandably busy!) Stskeeps said recently in regards to the bootloader:

[Sunday, November 30, 2014] [02:27:22] [Stskeeps] btw, as a heads up, i'm hoping to post a blog post where we try to get a conversation going on bootloader/security/etc on tablet.. hope many of you will participate so we end up with a great solution

[Sunday, November 30, 2014] [02:27:54] [Stskeeps] i want to be able to forget my tablet in a bar, but still be able to hack it with my own OS stuff.. :P

That all sounds quite reasonable to me; I can't claim to understand much of the technical questions that are involved in developing a solution that provides such a scenario, but on paper that's arguably the way to do it (ie. hackable but also securable).

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