Over at the Freedom to Tinker blog, Steve Schultze reports
that HTC is delaying the release of modifications it made to the Linux kernel in the G2 phone for 90-120 days. These modifications might help folks in circumventing the technical barriers to changing the firmware
on the phone. "As it turned out, the internal memory chip included an option to make certain portions of memory read-only, which had the effect of silently discarding all changes upon reboot. However, it appears that this can be changed by sending the right series of commands to the chip. This effectively moved the rooting efforts into the complex domain of hardware hacking, with modders trying to figure out how to send these commands. Doing so involves writing some very challenging code that interacts with the open-source Linux kernel. The hackers haven't yet succeeded (although they still could), largely because they are working in the dark. The relevant details about how the Linux kernel has been modified by HTC have not been disclosed.
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