Apparently the Oculus Quest 2 requires you to sign in with a Facebook account.

Apparently it also uses a somewhat standard SoC (Snapdragon XR2, a modified Snapdragon 865) and runs Android.

Hopefully this motivates some people to get GNU/Linux running on it, even if it probably won't be blobless for a few years.

To add insult to injury, some people who begrudgingly made a Facebook account to sign in were then banned (maybe Facebook anti-bot "protection"?), rendering their brand new shiny all-in-one VR headset a very expensive brick.

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I feel like this won't fly in the EU, especially given the fact that Google is being ripped to shreds by GDPR and anti-monopoly laws for their aggressive domination of Android.

You must be able to opt-out of data collection, right? So how is requiring a Facebook account to use your new piece of hardware something Facebook even thought they could get away with, especially when so many governments are looking into anti-trust suits.

Even game consoles don't require you to make an account.

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I think Facebook's strategy is to so tightly integrate everything that they may be able to trick politicians into thinking a breakup of their subsidiaries would be impossible.

If they were actually required to split the companies off though, I'd say they'll have it done in a month at most.

That's assuming they don't already have a mechanism built for that, which realistically they probably do because nearly every government is breathing down their neck about being a monopoly.

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