Kernel source for OnePlus 2 released

Kernel source for OnePlus 2 released
A tweet disseminated yesterday by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, includes a link to GitHub where the kernel source for the OnePlus 2 can be found. The release will allow developers to create custom ROMs for the "2016 Flagship killer." The handset comes with OxygenOS pre-installed. This is OnePlus' custom ROM that is based on Android 5.1. Late last week, the OnePlus 2 was updated to OxygenOS 2.0.1, which includes a security patch to prevent someone from using the Stagefright exploit to take control of the phone.

The update also adds a new camera UI to the phone, while allowing users to produce interpolated 50MP pictures with the 13MP rear camera. It also allows OnePlus 2 owners to film slo-mo video at 120fps.

The OnePlus One originally launched with Cyanogen installed, and what appeared to be a perfect marriage between two upstarts soon turned rocky. Cyanogen signed an exclusive deal in India with Micromax which forced a temporary ban to be placed on the OnePlus One in the country. OnePlus responded by pushing out OxygenOS.

Now, with the kernel source released for the OnePlus 2, perhaps we will see some interesting new custom ROMs written for the new handset.

source: @getpeid via TheTecholic

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1. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

At least you don't need an invite to get this one :/

2. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

While there is the advantage of bringing in talent of many people to improve the code, open source is more vulnerable to hacking simply because hackers can look through the source code to find vulnerabilities and exploit them. IMO, the downside of open source outweighs the positives.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In the same way Hackers can look of vulnerabilities and turn them in (they usually get rewarded with decent cash) IMO Open source > closed source Since there's always going to be vulnerabilities, may as well find and fix them faster

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Add up the vulnerabilities from the various linux kernels vs Windows 7, 8 and 8,1 combined and linux has more known vulnerabilities(although another closed source OSX and IOS have more). All the large scale server hacks we have seen in recent days have occurred on linux based servers. Why is this? Because the code is open source and easy to search for and exploit a vulnerability. I'm not saying that closed source is necessarily less vulnerable, but it makes it a little more challenging. Microsoft has gotten more and more secure in recent years with their bounty program(plus they push out security updates on a regular basis, unlike IOS, OS-X or linux(that I am aware of). Android(which is more vulnerable than Windows Phone and Blackberry, but less than IOS, and is open source so its easy to exploit) until recently did not get regular security patches as we have yet to see if the regular security patches will happen as promised and in a timely manner.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Face palm You are looking at it completely wrong If Linux was close source it would still have the same vulnerabilities as the known vulnerabilities now We just would not know about them and they would be unpatched Not any more secure In fact worse, they aren't patched, they are waiting for someone to exploit them And like you said There's plenty of closed source OSes with more known vulnerabilities than open source OSes If those closed source OSes were open source they would have even more known vulnerabilities (but those vulnerabilities would be fixed)

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Sure, closed source linux would have the same vulnerabilities, however they wouldn't be as easy to find. And vulnerabilities would still be found and patched(as with windows, if there is sufficient incentive, such as the 100k bounty that Microsoft gives out). The only two closed source OSes that are currently used widely(relatively speaking) that have more vulnerabilities than Linux are OS-X and IOS. Windows does not. Apple does not patch on a regular basis and when it does, it does a poor job. Although this can be blamed on apple's poor attitude towards caring about their customers rather than an issue with closed source and their poor skill at making software.

3. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014


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