Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

Droid X-ed Out

Mornblade's Android phone that I mentioned the other day is the last generation of Motorola Droid.  This is partly why I'm jealous.  The new version, the Droid X, has the eFuse hardwired bootloader that will physically fry the phone if you try doing anything to it.  Under the terms of the GPL, you have the right to modify as you see fit.  People with the older Motorola Droids have overclocked them, added memory, and more.  It's the "more" part that I want to talk about here.

Thank you, Motorola, for proving to me that you don't have a fucking clue.

The first malware to target the Android platform has made it out into the wild.  Not that I'm worried.  Android is built on Linux, which means open source.  The longest I've heard of a flaw in Linux going unpatched is two weeks, and that only happened once.  The average is one day.  And things have gotten to the point where, if it takes longer than eight hours to fix the flaw, it is really unusual.

The reason I mention this is because, for the last generation of Android phones, Motorola stopped providing updates with the 1.6 version roughly six months ago.  People who want bug fixes and plugged exploits are rolling their own thanks to the beauty of open source and the GPL.  Now, the Droid X is out.  If Motorola suddenly stops updating the versions for it, and you try to update yourself as you have the right to, it will destroy the phone.  So you either run a flawed, outdated OS, or you risk destroying your machine.

Now, propellerheads are working feverishly on eFuse to see what makes it tick and how to circumvent it.  Please move quickly, my brothers.  I suspect we won't be able to count on Motorola to watch out for us for very long.  And if you are going to get an Android, either go last generation and roll your own fix or go with Samsung.
Tags: computers, digital rights, linux, open source, technology is a beautiful thing
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