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  1. #1
    Harald Welte
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    Firmware Source Code

    Hi!

    I was recently pointed to the Squeezebox by a friend, stating it was
    'all open source'. However, after digging through the information on
    the homepage (there is no FAQ, unfortunately) I discovered that the most
    important part, the firmware of the device, is neither open source nor
    any source code available at all.

    In the 13 month old posting
    http://lists.slimdevices.com/archive...er/020849.html

    the statement 'we do want to release the source code, but not
    immediately' was made. More than one year is indeed "not immediately".

    I would be really disappointed if I had bought a Slim device at that
    point of time (relying on the source code being published at some point
    soon), and there was still no source code availabe more than a year
    later.

    It was indicated that there are some '3rd party os issues'. So why not
    release the full hardware documentation and/or those parts of the
    firmware source code that are under Slim's copyright and not any 3rd
    party. At this point, you would enable the community to develop their
    own firmware, based on a suitable free software OS and potentially the
    remaining software pieces from Slim.

    This firmware could then be fully standards compliant and support e.g.
    MPEG2 Transport Streams over Multicast/UDP or even DCCP (a new layer
    four protocol for multimedia streaming being developed in the IETF).

    So (at least for now) for whoever wants to have a 100% free software /
    open source solution, there's only the way of using one of the many
    linux-running Wirelesss Routers with USB host port and a USB Audio
    device, plus building your own firmware image from the vendor-supplied
    linux sources.

    This is very, very unfortunate, *sigh*

    --
    - Harald Welte <laforge (AT) gnumonks (DOT) org> http://www.gnumonks.org/
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  2. #2
    Michael Scott
    Guest

    Firmware Source Code

    Quoting Harald Welte <laforge (AT) gnumonks (DOT) org>:

    > Hi!
    >
    > I was recently pointed to the Squeezebox by a friend, stating it was
    > 'all open source'. However, after digging through the information on
    > the homepage (there is no FAQ, unfortunately) I discovered that the
    > most
    > important part, the firmware of the device, is neither open source nor
    > any source code available at all.


    I took it to mean the server code was open-source, not the box itself.

    ----------------------
    - Mike Scott
    - mscott (AT) pyewacket (DOT) org

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