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Offline Dago

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Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:51:12 am »
This seems interesting: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2040419302/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os

It is an open source "Chromecast replacement" with Firefox OS, currently for 18$ (retail 25$).

I pledged for one just for interest mainly (I already have a Chromecast), my first Kickstarter pledge! Hope I don't get scammed ;)
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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 02:03:07 am »
I haven't been too into the HDMI Stick media devices so I don't know much about them.  I almost bought one of the chromecast things, or an equivalent Android one, but the specs and usability were very underwhelming.

I'll wait for some other to chime in, but I'm sitting on the edge of my seat.  For $18 I may take a chance.
 

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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 12:07:17 pm »
Its "completely OPEN hardware and software platform", its so open they offer this precious eula:

http://www.matchstick.tv/developers/hardware-apply-check.html
"You may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of any software or software components of the Matchstick software including the Matchstick SDK software."


EULA most likely imposed by Chinese ODM - company licensed by Rockchip to implement their SoC, company holding all the NDAs, all the 'secret sauce', and all the kernel sources that they WILL NOT release because they DONT GIVE A FLYING dUCK ABOUT GPL.
Rockchip isnt a Linaro member. Heh, Allwinter is a group member, and even they dont give a duck about gpl and only release some sources with 6-12 months delay.

Rockchip is hostile, all they do is take from open source community.

BTW: Rockchip ODMs started spreading this cancer beyond Linux kernel. They hijacked XBMC now and distribute closed source fork with hardcoded support for their inhouse proprietary h.265 decoder

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=202924&pid=1795164#...

Quote from one of Chinese Rockchip ODMs:

"i have no idea of GPL as it is Rockchip released this XBMC version for all factories, after confimed wtih our engineer, we tried to get the soure, but RK did not give it to us."


its hilarious that Mozilla is promoting this.
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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 11:12:06 am »
Eh, what the heck.  I'm in for one at $18.  Hell, it can't be any worse than my Sony NSZ-GS8 googletv set-top-pile.

 

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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2014, 03:44:27 pm »
Its "completely OPEN hardware and software platform", its so open they offer this precious eula:

http://www.matchstick.tv/developers/hardware-apply-check.html
"You may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, attempt to derive the source code of any software or software components of the Matchstick software including the Matchstick SDK software."


EULA most likely imposed by Chinese ODM - company licensed by Rockchip to implement their SoC, company holding all the NDAs, all the 'secret sauce', and all the kernel sources that they WILL NOT release because they DONT GIVE A FLYING dUCK ABOUT GPL.
Rockchip isnt a Linaro member. Heh, Allwinter is a group member, and even they dont give a duck about gpl and only release some sources with 6-12 months delay.

Rockchip is hostile, all they do is take from open source community.

BTW: Rockchip ODMs started spreading this cancer beyond Linux kernel. They hijacked XBMC now and distribute closed source fork with hardcoded support for their inhouse proprietary h.265 decoder

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=202924&pid=1795164#...

Quote from one of Chinese Rockchip ODMs:

"i have no idea of GPL as it is Rockchip released this XBMC version for all factories, after confimed wtih our engineer, we tried to get the soure, but RK did not give it to us."


its hilarious that Mozilla is promoting this.

FWIW, they've fixed that. Now it's just a warranty disclaimer and CC-SA info page.

Of course, the "hardware design source files" are just PDF schematics, but still, apparently they have good intentions.
 

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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2014, 05:13:06 pm »
"completely OPEN hardware and software platform"
Of course, the "hardware design source files" are just PDF schematics, but still, apparently they have good intentions.

its till rockchip = not open source, no open drivers for anything
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Re: Matchstick, open source Chromecast replacement with Firefox OS
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2015, 11:12:17 am »
"Unfortunately, we are unable to continue on this journey, and we will be refunding all Matchstick pledges. "

........ And scene.......

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os/posts/1266549?ref=backer_project_update
 


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