| Edited by ZenBalancer at 5-1-2017 15:58 |
There are different Chuwi user groupings, demanding different things from Chuwi.
In two major situations the "flashed by" suggested approaches have the following overlap: "Do this or that, or 'we' will never buy another Chuwi product ever again!"
That approach won't be the reason Chuwi would respond or change course. Not only because the plural pronoun (I looked it up) 'we' doesn't actually refer to everyone nor the "majority" of (potential) Chuwi customers. But also because Chuwi's approach as far as I can tell, isn't driven by threats nor pure fear. Perhaps for different reasons depending on the situation, not only because "they" are stereotypically supposed to know Kung fu, because that's not only racist on my part, but also irrelevant in a "battle of will".
Another approach referencing the law, and what 'we' can do lawfully. A path that, as far as I can see, faces immense hurdles in the form of the challenges of (international) lawful enforceability. I'll reference this point as point zero, or 0. As in, remember 0.
How much can we actually expect? What is realistic? For that I'll try to use my perspective as the setup to answer relevant questions to this thread.
So what are all of Chuwi's responsibilities in the broadest terms?
First, what is Chuwi?
"In my words", Chuwi is a commercial ("capitalistic, for profit") company, designing and manufacturing "affordable innovative" consumer-oriented (electronic) products. Also usable for bussiness, but with components-class "natural limitations", thus not focussed on commercial nor Enterprise solutions. As far as I can tell.
Chuwi isn't dependant on donations like most open-source software organisations, nor like those with open-content. In other words, Intelectual Property is not something Chuwi must only prevent itself from infringing on that of others, but Chuwi also "must" protect its "own property" because of the "nature of the business" in the market it is active in.
Chuwi's goals and methods are more nuanced than that, and my words doesn't do them justice, so do read their About page if you haven't, all the way to their 2015 timeline: http://en.chuwi.com/about.html
Now hopefully we are thus far "on the same page". So onto the second part.
So what are all of Chuwi's responsibilities, as a commercial company in the current market, in the broadest terms?
I continued to start a draft outline, with suggestive questions rather than being certain. It's not intended to be rhetorical, because I'm not a %100 sure. And thus not only unsure about what you think.
- Adherence to local laws in individual countries, including the ones it operates in, like China?
- Adherence to International law, emissions and trading agreements?
- Innovate to express itself and differentiate from competitors?
- Advertising responsibly and being accountable?
- Working on a steady revenue-stream to keep the business operational (including after-sales support)?
- Generally being fair to owners, employees, customers, investors and the local and global environment?
- Balance between intellectual property as its added value, versus contributing using "complementary business models" improving the experience and/or possibilities of the local and global community?
- Embodying "agile manufacturing" and being flexible enough to be "co-steered" with the growing (potential) customer community?
- Being transparent about feasability and roadmap as much as possible bussinesswise?
- Continuing building up and maintaining its local and global reputation based on all of the above?
What triggered this thread in me finally, was the most recent demand in the Lapbook 12.3 announcement sidetracked by another user (common occurrence by dissatisfied users). That one was implicitly referencing a thread that invokes the specific GPL license which the Linux Kernel source code is claimed to be bound by.
Which is used as an argument demanding Chuwi to release any modified linux kernel for all of its devices so that the community can upgrade Android versions on their own I presume. And Chuwi thus far having passed on to me as well, that (paraphrased) according to their current vision they will not be releasing that. I assume they will apologise for the inconvenience. And in the above context, it seems it's also an internal struggle I think in number 7 in the above list. And remember 0 when considering "force".
Use the search term "kernel" in the forum to see all of those threads.
At the basis of humanity, is a general sense of decency (a tip from an ex-colleage), when we can afford to (easier if it doesn't kill us), especially when we're not clashing one way or the other. That sense of decency is mutual between a "healthy company" and other "healthy individuals". This is also intended as a contribution in that regard. Of course no one can rewrite history. So we have to deal with that, one point a time. Source code "debacle", SD card issue (got a lot of attention recently), charging issue (dubious), etc..
This thread isn't meant to be limited to a few specific occurrences like the one focussed on for now, but instead to be reused as "an overview", to reference Chuwi in it, when Chuwi is behaving in one way or the other. Also to reference competitors comparatively to Chuwi using the same points. This thread is meant to be reused almost like continuing to "beat a dead horse". Not sure if the latter makes sense.
You actually read it all? Sorry about that.. again..
Edits: typo, improvements, layout, focus markup, "tag" + correction.