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Re: 8.9" CT-PC89E ARM netbook .... UPDATE 04 FEB 2010 12:00


2010/2/4 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <luke.leighton@googlemail.com>:
>> Let me explain our experience. A bunch of Debian Developers met at
>> Taipei (.tw) and we got a netbook (MIPS based) under $100. After we
>> got it, we had *no shell*, *no root*, *no loader access*, *no
>> serial*,...
>> We had to exploit a vulnerability in the pdf reader order to start
>> telnetd and we were lucky to get a remote shell. After making some
>> pressure to the company to release source code because they were
>> violating GPL, they putted up some source packages, but not kernel
>> (linux), nor bootloader (uboot).
>  ouch!
>  *sigh* yes, a chinese MIPS cpu, whilst wonderfully cheap,
> reverse-engineering - i've done it: i have 9 HTC Linux phones and one
> ETEN G500+ to prove it - is a complete pain.  i'm not doing it again
> :)
>  so, this time we play a different game: use the fact that of the 20
> people wanting machines _fifteen_ of them are software engineers who
> will happily help this factory to improve its value for the world
> market by getting debian packages on it, right?

That was our main argument, but they did not listen to us. After lots
of mails and advising gpl-violations.org we got a package source
release which we did not want as we already had our debian packages
for the rootfs. Kernel and loader still missing bits.

 Héctor Orón

"Our Sun unleashes tremendous flares expelling hot gas into the Solar
System, which one day will disconnect us."

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