CyanogenMod 9.0-rc1 available
Posted Jun 27, 2012 8:20 UTC (Wed) by aorth
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Re: modding ROMs. There's a quote which always cracks me up:
"XDA has cooks, most of them grill, pan fry, or broil...none of them develop."
Yeah, an OpenWRT-like Android ROM distribution would be cool. CyanogenMod's the closest thing there is in the Android ecosystem. Unfortunately phones aren't like routers; most phones are essentially worthless after ~2 years, and then there's a lot of heavy lifting to do when it comes to porting new Android versions to old devices. By then the vendor has abandoned the device, and the onus is on regular people like you and me to do the porting in their free time.
Many 1- and 2-year-old phones are stuck on 2.6.32 and 2.6.35 Linux kernels, and only have blobs for things like wifi drivers. This causes problems in porting/maintaining because features of new Android versions often rely on things only found in newer Linux kernels, like input drivers which send multitouch or pressure events, hardware-accelerated drawing, different wifi stack, etc. In that case there's really nothing you can do, unless you happen to have devs which get lucky, or just spend a ton of time fixing and backporting.
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