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Well, I see that people have figured out why I'm quitting AOSP.

There's no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can't boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I'm getting the blame for something that I don't have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.
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Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. I hope for the best! Thank you for your work, we all appreciate it.
 
Sad to hear that you are quitting but reasonable. Thanks for your hard work.
 
Sucks to hear, but you do what feels right. Thanks for everything you've done thus far, hopefully you're not leaving the Android Community all together. 
 
Sorry JBQ, we understand (Somewhat) the position you are in and i think its crap. Hope things get better for ya. you have done TONS for Android.
 
ouch. Thank you for all your hard work. There's a pretty loyal following of android users and developers interested to see what you do next. :)
 
Good for you, I'm sure you'll find more comfortable accommodations at Google. :-)
 
Is it too soon for lawyer jokes?
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Respect for being honest and clear about this. When you want to do something truly open, Red Hat might be an option ;-) Thanks for all your hard work.
 
Wow sorry to hear the news +Jean-Baptiste Quéru.  Appreciate all the hard work you put into the project.  Much respect and good luck in your future endeavours. 
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Sorry to hear that too.

I've been working on AOSP for over two years now.

Thanks for the answers on the Google groups

Thanks for the code review.

Thanks for your work.

I've learned a lot because of you.

Merci beaucoup pour le temps et l'effort
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Have appreciated all you've done for AOSP, your God like patience, and willingness to share your knowledge. I've also enjoyed following you for your completely unrelated to AOSP posts.
 
It's a sad day for Android.  Good luck and best wishes.
 
Sad to see you stepping down.. 
 
Thanks for fighting the hard fight, +Jean-Baptiste Quéru. We appreciate everything you have done. I hate to see you leave, but I am hoping you will be happier working with something that isn't just a constant battle for common sense.
 
sorry to hear that JBQ :(  
 and thank for all ur  great job u done on AOSP 
 
Quitting? That's kinda sad man. Is this saying KLP won't boot on the N4? 
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru This is a sad day for Android. Are you staying at Google or  moving on entirely? And if at Google, will you be on the Android team in another capacity or a different team altogether?
 
Thanks for everything you have done for AOSP +Jean-Baptiste Quéru. This is a really crappy situation and I hope for the best in your next endeavor.
 
very sad for android indeed....
 
FINE. I'll wait until I've seen at least ten posts about it.
 
The outlook for AOSP without someone of the right and open mindset at the top, even if he is mostly tilting at windmills, is even worse.
 
Best of luck wherever you're headed!!!
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Well damn man. This is very, very sad to hear indeed. Thanks for fighting the good fight for all things Open Source. Thanks for all of your hard work.
 
+Artem Russakovskii I'm guessing you can't write a post like this if you still work at the company, to be honest.

Such a shame. JBQ stands for "open".
 
Good luck out there, sorry to see you go :(
 
Thanks for everything you've done for AOSP and the Android community.

Best wishes in your future endeavours. 
 
Sad day. Thank you for all of your hard work. Hope everything gets better for you. 
 
work smart, play hard, rest easy ... peace, jeff
 
Thanks for everything. You are definitely appreciated. Wish you the best.
 
This is a good cause and you are fighting for it. We need more people like you, people who care about things.
 
Thank you and do let us know where you move to next in the Google mothership. 
 
Sorry to see you leave. You did so much for android. Thank you. 
 
What's going on? What's this about Android not booting on its flagship (Nexus 4?) device? 
 
You're the man, JBQ. I respect you standing up for yourself and AOSP as a whole.
 
i really wish u could stay on with aosp, but i will understand otherwise.. i hope with whatever ur job is will make u happy
 
Oh My! I am sorry that you hit the wall. Please stay in touch about your next steps. You have been a real pillar of support. Oh what a time of change! Will you remain at Google? You have been the go to guy! I send you wind under your wings for whatever destination. Please stay in touch! Bon Chance
 
Thanks for all your work man. Wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
 
+Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith For normal consumers, not much. +Jean-Baptiste Quéru is talking about the AOSP part of the project, i assume he means he can't boot AOSP without needing proprietary drivers, and those drivers cause an issue he himself cannot fix due to the lack of source.
 
It it allows you to wake up happy each morning, then it's absolutely worth whatever life changes are in store. Thanks for years of awesomesauce with AOSP.
 
Hey man, we support you, thanks for everything! 
 
 You need to take a vacation man.  Go to a third world country ( I recommend Myanmar).  Go away from tech/google/android a while.  But  Dont quit AOSP.  
 
You have been the most awesome guy in Google. I'm saddened by your decision. Best of luck in the future!
 
I drive out for two minutes and this happens. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Vraiment pas cool de la part de Qualcomm. Jte souhaite la meilleure des chances et le moins de cheveux gris possible dans tes futures tâches, +Jean-Baptiste Quéru.
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I'm very very sad to see you go.  But happy that you've made a committed decision to do so.  You've been a huge support for countless others who have, and will continue, to follow in your footsteps.  Thanks for all you have done!
 
Seems the landscape of Android is at a cross roads of change. I really hope it works out for us all.
 
Oh, that's sad. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your commitment to open source software!
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru I've been convinced that Google has had a management issue ever since I started experiencing issues on the Nexus 10 (i.e. Day 1) and they've pretty much done nothing for us. Good luck to you in your future endeavors.
 
Just wanted to say I appreciate everything you've done, and support your decision 
 
I hope you still continue to post, I enjoy interacting with you via g+.. Good luck, and thanks for your visibility.. 
 
Now that's a sad and unexpected move. At least, it proves your commitment to Open Source, and that's really important. Wish you the best for your next projects!
 
Thanks for your support over all the time. This is sad to hear. It will be hard to find someone who can maintain this who will make us smile like you did.
 
Thank you so very much for all your hard work.  It's been amazing to see AOSP grow so much in the last 5 years, and you've been awesome the whole time.

Vitesse de Dieu, monsieur.
 
It's a sad to see you go. You've walked the minefield far longer than I expect most of us would, and dealt with situations far more stressful that many people have to deal with. I hope what ever comes up next makes you happy.
 
problem is, manufacturer-side, android passed from being a free (as in money) OS to an OS to make money with, making them think thay could act as they please on the chipset side :|
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Thank you so much for your contributions, and thank you for standing by your principles regardless of what others think.
 
So, genuine question: is there any way for us to send you massive quantities of beer (wine, strawberries, whatever) out of respect for doing what you've done over the past few years? It's long overdue... 
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I'm disappointed to see you go, but I'm also happy to know you fought for it until the very end. Good luck in your future endeavors. And fuck Qualcomm.
 
So KLP is not booting up on flagship.
Sorry to hear that. Thanks for your hard work. Wish you Good luck.
 
AOSP would hardly be what it is without you, and the excellent relationship you kept with the community people. Thanks for all that, and thanks for sticking up against the issue, and battling for open source.
 
I'm sorry to hear that it got to that point for you, too.  Been there, done that, but probably without even a tiny fraction of the impact that you had / will have.

Best of luck going forward!
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru So sorry to hear this. Thank you for all of your work, not just with AOSP directly, but also with helping others out with their issues. I'm no professional software engineer or developer, but I am a hobbyist who likes to tinker and build Android from source for my Nexus devices, just for the sake of the education. So many of your posts on the forums have helped me with issues and I've learned so much from just reading. 

So thank you for being awesome, and for the education. It's been a pleasure, and whatever you decide to do in the future, I wish you the best of luck. 
 
Sorry to hear about this turn of events.  It is sad to see you go - thanks for all your hard work on this project.
 
Perhaps your talents would be better appreciated at Canonical...
 
Sorry to hear this. For what it's worth myself and many others have always appreciated the work you did. Thank you and best of luck in whatever you do next.
 
Damn. And I just bought the new nexus 7. This is the kind of behavior by a chip maker that makes me wanna boycott a product. Bring on the TEGRA!! Hope the nexus 5 has the tegra 4. No more qualcom!
 
Very sad to see such an amazing contributor to the project go.  Fuck Qualcomm. 
 
Welcome to the club! I have to deal with that sort of issues building Open Source Linux stack for TI chips, as graphics and some accelerators are not open...
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru thank you so much for your incredible hard work and for putting up with the constant frustrations of legal nonsense. I hope you are sufficiently de-stressed as a result of this move. You have made a massive impact and you should be nothing but proud of that when you look back at this.
 
Really sorry to hear this. Thank you for all you have done! You do not know how much we appreciate it!
 
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I'll miss your work.

Fuck the man.
 
Really sad to hear that you're leaving, +Jean-Baptiste Quéru . :( You were a pretty cool guy and fuck Qualcomm for causing this to happen.
 
Thanks for all your hard work over the years. Make sure you take a little time off before you start the next thing!
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru we have a ton of respect for you, and know you'll be great in whatever role you take up next. +Qualcomm's greed and lack of transparency will eventually translate into them being a significantly smaller player in the market. 
 
Thank you for efforts Sir, and for bearing all the frustration that came with it like a champion.

Hope you will kick ass in whatever lays ahead. 
 
this is a sad day.  representing the root community i can say a lot of us look up to you.
 
It's being said over and over here, but I'll say it again - thank you for everything you've done for the Android community over the past several years. Hopefully you felt in general that it was time to move on to something else and it wasn't something more (besides this of course!)
 
Sad day. Thanks for the efforts. Hope to still read all your posts on here! 
 
Thanks for your great work, +Qualcomm and other SoC vendors love to profit from AOSP, but they don't give back the little the maintainers expect. 
 
Thanks, just thanks... I hope someday GPU vendors (and hardware vendors in general) will come to their senses.
 
It sucks that it had to come to this. We all know that you did the best you could. Thanks for everything.
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Thanks for your hard work & dedication to AOSP. I appreciate it. Best wishes & many blessings to you present & future.



 
+Joseph Lee You'll have to boycott pretty much any smartphone then...  Every single one of the ARM SoC manufacturers has their issues.  Samsung doesn't publish source code for some of their SoCs at all, but at least has been nice about binary redistribution.  Qualcomm is great at publishing reference source at CAF, however, their policy with respect to redistribution of binaries is arcane and absurd.  Historically, Nvidia has not provided any form of platform level source code, but at least makes their blobpiles redistributable.  TI was probably one of the most open-source-friendly manufacturers but they're exiting the business, and from looking at some of the comments, it looks like even their lawyers were a pain in the ass.


+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Good luck with wherever you transition to.
 
Sorry to hear that +Jean-Baptiste Quéru I've always appreciated your work and your willingness to help the community over the years. I rarely say this but it honestly brings a tear to my eye. I hope you're off to greener pastures. 
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Qualcomm can burn in hell for this. Not only do they appear to have put massive stress on +Jean-Baptiste Quéru at a personal level with regards to all the pushing he has done (unfortunately in vain) to get Qualcomm to do something good for open source. CM is having driver-related issues, had the XDA and CM community of developers been able to acquire that code, things may have went smooth for us. But seeing all this collateral damage as a result angers me to no end. Take a well-deserved break from this mess. Qualcomm ain't gettin no damn break, though. Petitions will likely start soon. Good luck in your future endeavors.
 
sad to see you go.  I remember your good work with BeOS, and when I did a small coding project for Android, for all the differences that I had to deal with learning Java, etc., I remember thinking I felt at home for some reason....
 
We appreciate it, so sad but Android will always pull through with such dedicated people. 
 
I don't know why people are blaming Qualcomm. If Google pick a provider that isn't open enough that is on them.

+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Life decisions can be tough. I hope you enjoy the downturn in stress. Thanks for your work on AOSP.
 
Il est bien dommage que tu démissionnes en d'aussi sombres circonstances +Jean-Baptiste Quéru Néanmoins, au vu des résultats obtenus et des regrets que ta décision suscite déjà je n'ai pas de doute que tu rebondisse rapidement. Bonne chance dans tes prochains challenges. 
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Thanks for everything & good luck in the future.
 
This sucks majorly. Glad you are not leaving +Google but this is not a good direction for the company.
 
Greed always triumphs the loyal companies, which is unfortunate. :(
 
this is very sad, it was nice of you watching over the aosp with such a dedication.
 
I'm sorry to see you go. But you have to do what's best for you and not have work tearing you down. Life's too short for that.

I hope we can see you back in some other Android related roll. 

Thank you!
 
Thanks for everything JBQ. Good luck :-) 
 
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Your posts on G+ and the dignified way that you are handling what must be a very difficult situation shows your class.
I hope that you find a new challenge to turn your talents to as soon as you wish to.
I hope you continue to be active on G+ as I have enjoyed reading and learned a lot from a number of your posts (Software Engineering series for example).
 
Thanks for all the fish, I'm surprised Google allow there nexus partners to control the platform this strongly hopefully the loss of such a leading light will drive them to reconsider when setting the next nexus agreement 
 
Google should just buy Qualcomm!  Jokes aside, thank you for your work and best of luck in the future!
 
Thank you so much for everything. Your work was awesome and will be missed.
 
So much for buying a new N7...

Thank you for all your work, including maintaining the mirror manifest. It has been a big help at work. I understand the frustration of proprietary drivers. Make it hard to work with the community when part of your company is telling its users and developers to go screw themselves.
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+Brandon Carlson sorry I think you have to at least half blame Google. In the server space vendors (notably Dell) had the guts to actually tell their suppliers who was boss.

+Jean-Baptiste Quéru good luck with whatever you do next.
 
I'm sorry to see you go. Thank you so much for all your work, not just from me, but the legions of Android fans out there.
 
The and Android community will miss you, +Jean-Baptiste Quéru

Looks like it's time for Google to develop its own chip fab and make their own hardware from the ground up. No more outside vendors to sabotage Open Source.
 
Thanks for all of your hard work. This is a sad day for the Android community.
 
The graphics hardware industry in general is a greedy, paranoid racket, and needs tough regulation to force it open.

Vote with your wallet, don't support companies hostile to Free Software.
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru Sorry to see you go! I had a great time working with you and I always appreciated how you were willing to dig in to the thorniest problems. Not to mention your git skills!
 
Thank you for all your work good sir. Continue being awesome.
 
This makes me very sad for many reasons.
 
This basically seals the deal that vendors (now +Qualcomm , +Samsung Mobile with their Exynos support) should get even more crap then carriers regarding what you can do with a device you OWN. That's why we can't have nice things. 

Thanks for all the hard work.
 
Things like this are why I abandoned Android a while ago. Paying lip service to free software while sabotaging it at the same time never did sit well with me. Good for you +Jean-Baptiste Quéru 
 
We appreciate all you have done for us. It's understandable if AOSP can not be usable for outside developers that contribute.
 
If only there was an Android Open Hardware Project maybe this wouldn't be a thing that had to happen. Qualcomm has too much power these days. Maybe Intel might be committed to Open Source more. ARM is dominated by Qualcomm.
 
Sad news indeed. I'm sure that if you leave AOSP development and Google altogether, you will be sorely missed. Bon courage et à bientôt +Jean-Baptiste Quéru 

PS: Hopefully +Rob Clark will land a new nexus 7 and get the freedreno driver to support the Adreno 330. I hear freedreno is coming along nicely.
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru thanks for all the work you have done. AOSP wouldn't be where it is without you. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors and maintain good health :)
 
We will miss you JBQ! Best of luck in your future endeavors.
 
Sometimes it seems those who work the hardest and care the most about their jobs are the ones who are shown the least appreciation. I am sorry you weren't shown more of either by AOSP. I appreciate your work, and wish you well in where ever you go.
 
Whaaatt? Man sorry to hear this JBQ! 
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru It was comforting seeing your fatherly posts each time Android grew up. To not have you announce Android 5.0 release... it doesn't feel right. I hope your departure wakes open management. Maybe this will spark a conversation about how Hardware manufacturers can be more open with their drivers. Hopefully you will clarify your leaving a little more down the road.
 
+Chris Rogers there is it's called pandaboard. A open source ARM board. Also qualcom doesn't have very much to do with it. There a lot of other companies that have rights to their drivers like Broadcomm just as a example.
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru thank you very much for what you've done for aosp so far. You will be dearly missed. Good luck on your next adventure.
 
Curious as to you posting internal squabbles you're having with your company on its own social network. If they haven't fired you, I would say you work for a great company. Thank you for your work.
 
Can someone translate what this cryptic comment is referring to?  Which flagship device can't boot to the home screen?
 
+Paul Beeler  That's true but I wish there was more OSH to go around. The state of things in mobile hardware isn't good for freedom or brewing my own free beer.
 
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru : j'ai beaucoup de respect pour tout le travail que vous et votre équipe avez accompli.

C'est triste de lire ceci dans ces conditions, mais je respecte votre décision, je le critiquerai surtout pas et je vais continuer de suivre votre carrière qui sera probablement tout sauf ennuyante!

Bonne vie! 
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+Qualcomm can go fuck themselves, for all that I care. This is total bullshit.
 
Sorry to hear about this. You'll be greatly missed in the community. Best of luck and thank you for all of your hard work over the years!
 
Sorry to hear about this. You'll be greatly missed in the community. Best of luck and thank you for all of your hard work over the years!
 
Sorry to hear about this. You'll be greatly missed in the community. Best of luck and thank you for all of your hard work over the years!
 
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.
 
Thank you
+Jean-Baptiste Quéru for all your hard work and effort... You really changed the world in the last years... Hardly anyone realizes that... but you did. Thank you.
 
JBQ thanks for everything.. and looking forward to a brighter future for you (and the world...)
 
Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

As for the hostile comments: they're unnecessary. I know people mean well, but those don't do anyone any good.

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