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Subject: Re: Rockbox Digest, Vol 10, Issue 19

Re: Rockbox Digest, Vol 10, Issue 19

From: Neon John <>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 16:39:11 -0500

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 08:40:52 -0600, "Jason Williams" <>

>What does this mean in English?
>Neuros finally did release their firmware as open source. Unfortunately,
>there is no freely available development environment to build it yet, but a
>GCC port is on its way. You can, neverthless, build your own firmware using
>a 90 days evaluation version of the TI compiler. See
> and for
>more info.

If you look at the source code you see that most of the heavy lifting is
done in the TI proprietary libraries. That is fine, perhaps even great,
for a commercial product but unacceptable for an open source project. As
is having to buy VERY expensive commercial tools. An eval version with a
90 day time bomb is unacceptable too.

Other reasons include the fact that the Neuros is now too little too late.
While the Neuros principles pulled our puds with their open source lies,
other manufacturers came out with better, smaller hardware that is more
amenable to porting.

As one of the first people who tried to get Neuros to quit lying and live
up to their open source claims, I have a very bad taste in my mouth and
probably would never consider ANY products from that company. I'm sure
that distaste is shared by the guys who sling the code.


John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2004-11-14

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