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Subject: Re: Why doesn't Archos buy/use RockBox software?

Re: Why doesn't Archos buy/use RockBox software?

From: Robert Hak <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 19:25:34 -0400 (EDT)

And on top of it, they got the job done. It sold units. Without some
kind of firmware we wouldn't have had something to work with :)

On Sat, 21 Jun 2003, Linus Nielsen Feltzing wrote:

Brian Wolven wrote:
> Tony Agee wrote:
>>Does anybody here know why a group of enthusiasts could make better
>>software than paid employees of Archos?
> Probably because the Archos employees don't actually *use* the stuff
> they make. The Rockbox guys do - so they care about whether it works or
> not. Plus, rumor has it that they're smarter and better looking than the
> Archos employees. =P


But we must remember that the Archos employees probably had less time
then we have had to write the original firmware. Plus, they had a
deadline and we don't. Their task was to write something that worked OK
in a short time.

On the other hand, most of our time have been spent reverse engineering
the damn thing. If we only had the hardware documentation, we would have
done it much quicker.

Also, there is no money in updating the firmware for old products. They
have to abandon the Jukeboxes, or they would be out of business. They
need to move on and release new (badly programmed) products.


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Received on 2003-06-21

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