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Subject: Re: What would you get right now?

Re: What would you get right now?

From: Björn Stenberg <>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 02:20:11 +0200

Neon John wrote:
> It doesn't have bookmarking or resume but since it's open source, I can hack
> that in with little effort.

Is it really open source? I can't for the life of me find any source code.

The only thing I'm seeing is source for side projects, such as a database DLL for interacting with the on-disk data, and the Positron project run by Xiph.

I found a response to an old question I posted on their forum in late 2002 asking about this:

  "To answer your question, we will allow programming on the Neuros on at
  least three levels: First we'll publish enough information on the hardware
  to allow an almost complete replacement of the software on the device, akin
  to replacing windows with Linux.

  Second, we're working on an interpreter/compiler architecture that would
  allow 3rd parties to add "applications" within our existing software. This
  would be great for things like allowing the device to do all kinds of
  interesting things with the DSP, that musicians, DJs and enthusiasts would
  be interested in. From slowing down lecture recordings to acting like a
  synthesizer, the possibilities are endless.

  Thirdly, is the conduit level, where users would be able to customize the Xi
  menus (these are the contextual pop up menus that appear all over the UI on
  the device) to provide additional functionality, most of which would be
  executed by the PC."

So we'd be able to "do a rockbox" on our own all over again but they are not open sourcing their firmware.

Do you have more updated information? Maybe they have changed their position? Googling their site, reveals little to that effect though.

Received on 2003-09-20

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