Re-registering to GSM network

"Marco Trevisan (Treviño)" mail at
Wed Oct 15 01:20:33 CEST 2008

Michael Shiloh wrote:
> Marco Trevisan (Treviño) wrote:
>> Leonti Bielski wrote:
>>> As I get it it is unfortunately impossible to upgrade the firmware at
>>> home because of NDA - only Openmoko Inc. employee can do that.
>>> I hope (but doubt it ) it will will be available to the public someday
>>> in the future.
>> Why? Isn't it a binary blob?
>> I can't understand why they can't release the firmware binary...
> Two issues:
> 1. If we allow you to update the firmware, then our own standard of 
> openness requires that we give you the source. Due to NDA with chip 
> manufacturer, and probably FCC regulations as well, we're not allowed to 
> give you the source, so therefore we chose not to allow you to update 
> the firmware.

Well, as we got the firmware binary installed in the phone, and we
accepted it (unfortunately we can't get the full openness, but the most
parts are as we want) I figure that we can accept to use a firmware
binary also without the sources.
I don't think that in this case not sharing the sources implies not
getting the firmware. People can choose what to do, give every user the
ability to choose.

> 2. The NDA with the chip manufacturer does not allow us to distribute 
> the update utility.

I figure that this is the main issue. Will Om ever reverse engineer it
to produce an open firmware updater utility? I think that this is an
important thing if the updates could help in fixing bugs like this one.
No other way to update it without using that utility directly?

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