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Subject: Re: GMini120 questions
From: Laurent Giroud (laurent.giroud_at_libertysurf.fr)
Oh, thanks for the information.
Could you please detail what law they threaten to use against you ?
If even Microsoft does not dare to sue the xbox linux (http://xbox-linux.sourceforge.net/) for publishing all details of their reverse engineering process, then I doubt Archos can do it without failing. If there was a single chance that Microsoft could win a trial against xbox-linux, be sure they would have tried. So I think there's not much risk there.
And the case is pretty similar since the xbox-linux team has published the decrypting algorythm for the original xbox firmware (ie ROM).
Anyhow, there's no DMCA in France yet and I'm ok to take the risk of legal action.
On Tue, 23 Dec 2003 01:02:47 -0800, Jimmy Moore <jimmy_at_axod.net> wrote:
> The firmware on the gMini is packed using a different algorithm. I
> worked out the algorithm, Archos threatened legal action if I released
> details of it.
> So there is no open source at the moment for gMini because of Archos.
> On Mon, 2003-12-22 at 15:19, laurent.giroud_at_libertysurf.fr wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I am completely new to both rockbox and this list, so even if I took care to read FAQs and the web site documentation I will probably be asking dumb questions in this mail, you have been warned ;)
> > I recently bought a GMini120 and would like to have rockbox (or a derivative if need be) running on it. After browsing on the web site it seems that there is no support for it right now, however it's not clear to me whether this is a choice or just because no one has bothered to do it yet. So I would be interested to know for which reason it's not supported (yet?) and how I could help to have it supported ?
> > I'd also have some general questions :
> > 1 - it seems that the Archos firmware are somewhat scrambled (saw it also in the mail archives) and that the scrambling algorithm for the Gmini is not the same than for the machines rockbox currently supports. Can anyone confirm this or is it just speculation ?
> > 2 - does anyone know what kind of CPU & chips the gmini uses ? This obviously has an impact on the amount of work needed to adapt rockbox to it (new cross compiler and so on). I have not opened my gmini yet but I'm willing to do it if it's necessary to gain such knowledge.
> > 3 - I have been told on the IRC channel, that the new LCD (which seems to be bitmap based instead of character) might be an issue regarding rockbox running on the gmini. How much work do you estimate it might require to adapt rockbox to a fully graphical display and would this eventually require a fork ?
> > I have a bit of time available for the moment so I'm willing to contribute it on having rockbox run on the gmini 120. Your advices and suggestions are more than welcome ;)
> > Thanks.
> > Laurent
> Jimmy Moore <jimmy_at_axod.net>
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