Motorola Droid X

Not to be outdone by the competition, Motorola has released the open-source portions of the source code for the Droid X, too!  All this open-source licensing agreement following is getting me teared up a little bit, even if a good bit of proprietary code remains under wraps.  Moto has fully embraced the intent of open source, even if we tend to complain about efuses and bootloaders.  The release of the code just might help in that area, too. Now get to it developers, see what you can wrangle up with your new toys! [Motorola]

 

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Motorola releases open-source portions of the Droid X source code

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Okay, so they're copying Samsung. How about copying HTC and getting 2.2 onto their existing, best-selling devices?

They are not copying anyone. They are simply conforming to GPL licensing which requires them to publish the open source code that they have used and any changes done to it.

Section 2b;

2. You may modify your copy or copies of the Program or any portion of it, thus forming a work based on the Program, and copy and distribute such modifications or work under the terms of Section 1 above, provided that you also meet all of these conditions:

...b) You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this [GPL] License."

The phrase "work based on the Program" in section 2 of the GPL is further defined in the GPL. Such a work is "either the Program or any derivative work under copyright law: that is to say, a work containing the Program or a portion of it, either verbatim or with modifications and/or translated into another language."

http://articles.sitepoint.com/article/public-license-explained

They're not copying samsung:

A. They required to do so by the GPL (which a large chunk of android (aka the linux part) uses), and if they failed to do this, a lawsuit would have been opened up against motorola (probably by the FSF).

B. They released it two days ago...it's just that no one actually noticed, as we're all trying to crack the bootloader.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Moto is a bunch of douche bags and this is basically a slap in the face. Yeah, I know they are forced to release it but, WTF can we do with it? NOT A DAMN THING!!! Motorola got it so right with the original Droid and screwed it all up with the Droid X and Droid2. After purchasing the Droid X I will NEVER buy another Motorola device unless they get their sh*t together and start letting Google handle the software part again. HTC FTW!!!! (which is a shame because I love Motorolas phones)

@dcreed Nothing since the eFuse is a hardware chip not software .. that is unless someone figures out how to get the signature they use into a rom like BB.