Motorola Milestone

After an amazing amount of hard work, hard working hackers have built a stable Froyo custom ROM for the Motorola Milestone.  It's a port of CyanogenMod 6, and thanks to the new kernel ripped out of a ROM leaked from Brazilian carrier Vivo, there are no issues with wake time or signal.  I salute everyone involved in this work, and while not a Milestone user myself, I tip my hat and my glass to you all.  For any Milestone users looking for more information, see the source link, and enjoy.

I'm sure many are asking, "Why is this such big news, and why did it take so long?"  The Milestone was Motorola's first foray into the horrible and unfriendly practice of encrypting the bootloader, making third party ROMs dependent on software from Motorola.  The fact that a small group of users was able to circumvent the protection scheme tells us that it was a pretty damn silly idea to begin with.  If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window.  Developers who stuck with the Milestone through all this nonsense deserve our admiration and respect. [] Thanks, Bassem!


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CyanogenMod 6 port for the Motorola Milestone now stable


Increasingly, I find myself less willing to recommend phones from Motorola. For all of their flaws, at least Samsung keeps their phones relatively easy for devs to develop custom ROMs.

While in this case, the lock was circumvented, the fact that they are taking an Apple-like approach is a very ominous sign for the Android community. Whatever else happens, there will be devs looking for a workaround. Even so, we shouldn't reward companies for doing this with our money.

fortunately the new high end tegra 2 phones wont have an efuse (locked bootloader) because those are for the ti omap chips.

Agreed, this is why I consider more than the specs of a phone when I'm looking for an upgrade. Yes the phone may have the best processor or the nicest screen, but what's the use of that great hardware if the software is locked down and will have poor manufacture support/updates.

Readers of tech blogs like AC are a minority when it comes to the smartphone market, and manufactures know this and ignore us. However what they don't realize is that we also have friends and family that trust our advice and will listen to our recommendations over any television ad or carrier sales rep. So I suggest we not only voice our opinions strongly on these closed and locked down phones, but that we also let our friends and family know. Eventually the open phones will gain traction and the other guys will either wake up, or just lock themselves out of business.

"If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window."

Can you find a better analogy? Or are we finally admitting this has the same legality as breaking into someone's home?

And I highly doubt the stability of a hacked ROM reliant on mixing and matching other people's software, or hacked ROMs in general. I can't even download a hacked desktop program that isn't broken in a dozen places. Hackers who do it to stick it to the man don't actually value quality or stability. It's for the bragging rights. It also takes much more skill to build something and keep it afloat than it does to throw a rock and break open a window.

Maybe I'd be more accepting if the haxors and their minions didn't act like such arrogant bottom-feeders.

if that's how you feel then i suggest you stop visiting these types of forums because they talk about "hacking" a lot.
i think these guys deserve a lot of credit. this phone doesnt even a have a froyo update(i believe) and they were able to accomplish that.
i own an HTC Hero and i have not hacked my phone, nor will i, but there are people out there who are into those things & also want the latest tech on there phones which HTC/Sprint wont be doing.

In this case, the front door that they paid for was locked, and the folks they bought it from were too short-sighted to provide the key.

When questioned about it, the seller (Motorola) had the nerve to say they should have bought a different home if they wanted to use the front door they paid for.

This goes beyond "arrogant hackers". Motorola is selling phones (computers) with outdated software (Vista), and telling users they aren't allowed to upgrade to something better.

Firstly, the analogy has nothing to do with legality. It has actually been deemed legal to root/jailbreak your phone. And why the hell shouldn't it be? I paid for the phone.

I was a Milestone owner. This phone would reboot 3-4 times a day, often in-call. It would play music out loud, at random, at full volume regardless of settings (my pregnant wife loved that at 2 am). Has received exactly 2 updates since Feb 2010 (one update to 2.1, one attempt at bugfixes that did not work). It would drop calls very often.

Since I had signed a 3 year contract (and still paid $200) for the phone I thought I was stuck with a bad phone for that period. I eventually complained to Moto loud enough that they refunded me the cost of the phone and the cost of a Nexus One.

If I had the opportunity to load up a custom ROM then, I would have gladly kept it. Many of the custom ROMs out there are very well built (CyanogenMod especially). It certainly couldn't be worse than the official version of the Milestone's software.

I hate how Motorola has such good hardware, but then they do things like this. It does remind me of Apple and not so much Google.

HTC is just as bad, look at what was done to the Vision, and all the deceit that surrounded it. Hardware level "protection" is evil.

The difference is that every person capable of helping to defeat HTC's scheme worked together in a well orchestrated plan, and got it done in 6 weeks rather than 60.

Good point Jerry. With so few phones out there that are truly open and free to customize, maybe AC should adopt a new policy to include an, "openness," or "customizability" section in every new phone review. This way consumers will know what the manufactures are actually doing to their phones, and hopefully make an informed decision on their purchase.

Its a shame that Motorola started their today into Android on such a high note with the original Droid being essentially stock and open and now we've gotten to this. I have a Droid X that I really like but it will be my last Motorola if things don't change. Im just not sure what OEM to go with at this point but I have a year and half left in my contract so I will see what the landscape looks like then. In the mean time I picked up the Nook Color that im really enjoying playing with.

Not to mention the urge for a free bootloader and CM6 wouldn't be as high if Motorola wouldn't need more than 6 months to port FroYo from Droid to Milestone (which are almost identical!).
Locking the bootloader *and* needing ages for updates sends out just one signal: Motorola doesn't care for customers outside of the USA. OK, bye, bye. I really like my Milestone, but it's sure been the last device I bought from you... (Well, OK, at least there'll probably be an update some day, unlike that crap from SonyEricsson...)