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Old 16 July 2015, 05:31   #279
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Originally Posted by copse View Post
Isn't this an opportunity?
For Apple? Sure.

Lacking features = takes less work to clone and make a more feature-full version. Lack of quality control = takes less work to clone and make a better quality version.
Amazon did this with Kindle, didn't they?

Even if you got the source, it's questionable whether it would be better to write something else from scratch.
I updated ALSA (backported it) on my LG phone to improve sound quality, it wasn't so hard. Due to nvidia chipset I was locked to a given binary blob kernel module from nvidia, which did not come with an API wrapper, and hence it was also locked to both kernel and gcc revision. I eventually had it, and moved to iOS, which is also based around open source btw.
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