Kernel Source released for the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Whyred)


Device manufacturers are obligated to release kernel sources for their devices in a timely manner, this is something mandatory and a legal requirement of the GPLv2 license. While some companies spare no effort in order to comply with GPL, others don’t take this as a main priority. One of these companies which share a number of problems and delays in releasing Kernel Sources is Xiaomi.

Xiaomi is a very known company in the Custom development scenario. There are many Custom AOSP ROMs being developed for a number of Mi handsets, apparently, there is a big love for the company’s hardware, but not much for MIUI. However, Xiaomi has been building a kind of bad reputation for delaying the release of kernel sources for some devices or even not releasing them at all.

Fortunately, a new device is joining to the open-source party, and it is the recently released, but already popular, Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 5 Pro was released in India back in February and got a Chinese release on the last month, however, the Chinese/International variant will be known simply as Redmi Note 5 (Not to be confused with the Redmi 5 Plus, that got Note 5’s naming in India). Both devices are codenamed as Whyred and may see the same benefits of the kernel sources release.

As already reported, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is giving first steps in the custom ROM community after receiving a bugless LineageOS 15.1 release, a few time after its release. Worth noting that device also received Project Treble support with the latest MIUI Oreo that comes packed in the Chinese variant. I dunno about you guys, but I think that this smartphone is going to have some years of support from the Community, being the definitive successor to the mythical Redmi Note 4X.

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The time gap between device launch and the release of kernel sources was a little less than two months. The timing may not be ideal (In a perfect world) but for sure is much better. In comparison, some other devices like the Redmi Note 5A and the Redmi 5 Plus are still waiting for some love from Xiaomi. If you’re a developer and is interested in building or analyzing the Redmi Note 5 Pro sources, just check the link.

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