[Kernel Source Code] [MID8042] Requested from Coby...

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  1. Molikai1988

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    Hey guys and gals, I have just emailed Coby and am awaiting a reply as to whether or not I can obtain the source code to their stock kernel. Provided they say yes and give me permission it will be reposted in the second post on this thread. If they say no however it may be helpful that we send them tons of emails asking the same exact thing. I will keep you in the loop on this one.
     
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    Its been a while now and no response. :( I (as many of you may know) am not easily discouraged. So seeing as how their tablet has many marks of open source within their closed source tablet, I have decided to not simply give up and say oh well, but to Politely (literally politely, these people don't need any encouragement to feel inclined to seek legal counsel) remind them that hiding closed source within open source as per the GPL terms of the android base kernel is frowned upon by google and it's very motivated enforcers of the whole open source world they created. I will update this shortly (maybe a week at most). Thanks for your attention. Fingers crossed people! The source built world of ROMs is within our grasp.
     
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    This source is useless for Coby most people don't know how to use source code. Those of us who do knows this code is useless for Coby devices.
    Each vendor adds their own code to the lump source, what you have here is lump source without Coby added files.
    So unless you have a tablet made by telechips this code is useless, by the way telechips don't make tablets.

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    Coby will never release their source code, I have a good relationship with them, they won't even give me the code.

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    Does that mean they have a bunch of proprietary code in the kernel? Because under the GPL they have to release their sources, if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Most android vendors are in violation with GPL, they simply ignore GPL. Just like the speed limit sign posted 55, I drive 65 or better even though I know the posted speed limit is 55. GPL is the same way unless I take myself to the police station no one is going to do anything to me. Unless Coby reports themselves to GPL nothing is going to be done to them.
     
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    As much as I hate to agree here they finally did respond with the hella lame response of we are currently looking into this matter but due to the limited support of this device and the actions we took (outdated it) we may not be able to assist you with the source code. Please note I'm paraphrasing here. Sorry. But we did try.
     
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    I have contacted them again...and maybe, just maybe, this will get their attention:
    Your thoughts? And if you would like to become involved or help there are a few things I could use:
    1. A comprehensive list of affected Coby MID tablets
    2. What they included that violates the GPL (be specific I.E. Linux Kernel vxxx.xxx.xxx)
    3. A link to or a scan of the manual showing the absence of the GPL notice of the device.
    4. Copy the email from this post word for word and send it to both their support and Consumer Care emails (links at the bottom of this post)
    Thanks

    links
    consumercare@cobyusa.com
    techsupport@cobyusa.com
     
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    All the Generation 3 tablets I believe run kernel 3.0.8. But all Coby tablets are in violation, regardless of generation.
     
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    Yes it looks like they all run kernel 3.0.8. But I don't think they will reply. Although good that your in this.

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    [UPDATES]
    **Emails were sent as of my last post...
    **No response yet
    **Growing response on Facebook with links to this post with the Android commmunity
    **Fingers crossed and actual response hopefully with the support of some GNU lawyers readying if the don't respond
    **Hope it dosn't come to that
    [More UPDATES]
    **No response. Period.
    **Preparing document to send to appropriate parties
    **Looks like it's GNU time.. :'(
     
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