Showing posts from September, 2014

Installing CyanogenMod 10.2 on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (N8000) for Software Freedom Day

From broken screen to crapware A couple of weeks ago I had an unpleasant on-line interaction with some troll that ended with my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 in a similar state to this one:
This is how much damage can be inflicted on an electronic device by jabbing it repeatedly with a rigid index finger. Learn from my experience.
After parting with a heart-stopping amount of money, I got the tablet back from the service centre with a new screen and a bunch of crapware because they "upgraded the software" as an additional service. 
I tried to uninstall some of these mysterious apps but they promptly reappeared of their own volition. Ironically, this happened on Software Freedom Day, which prompted me to think about the four essential freedoms in the Free Software Definition:

Freedom 0: the freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
I do not wish to run these programs at all. I have no purpose for them.

Freedom 1: the freedom to study how the program works, and cha…