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arne anka openmoko at
Wed May 20 10:14:40 CEST 2009

> *Can the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) developer version be fully modified in
> order to run an OS like the openmoko one?

the labeled devices (ie those providers give away) have a bootloader that  
checks for signed code -- the signature is proprietary to the provider and  
not available.
thus, these devices are not to be modified.
since android does not include hardware drivers, even with a more open  
bootloader you might be stuck with a device not usable with other software  
since the drivers won't run and the source is not available.

for the g1 there used to be a developer edition be available which allowed  
to modify everything, which imo sold out rather fast and is not available  
anymore (except ebay or other second hand channels).

there's probably work going on (or finished already) to break the  
bootloader's check, but where does that leave you once the provider  
updates the software?

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