An anonymous reader writes "A thorn in the side of many free software loving Android users, the Chinese MIUI ROM has long been accused of riding on the success of Android without fully complying with the free and open source licenses which it’s based on. MIUI’s developer, Xiaomi, has managed to cultivate a considerable fanbase for their ROM, adding insult to injury for many opponents. Xioami has even been so bold as to put their own phone into production, running (naturally) their license-violating software.
The idea that an Android spin-off doesn’t comply with the free and open source licenses that made Android possible in the first place, and further, that it is widely used and supported, has upset a sizable portion of the Android community. As a first step, a petition has recently been started to try and build enough momentum to force Xioami to comply with all appropriate licenses."
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