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HTC Kingdom Source Code Released

HTC Kingdom Source Code Released

I made a mistake.  A few days ago I reported that, with a slew of new kernel source codes posted on HTCdev, HTC is now GPL compliant.  That wasn’t true.  I found out after saying it again on XDA TV.  On Twitter, @gu1dry said,

@azrienoch Just finished the new XDA TV video, issue with the end, @HTC still hasn’t released source code for the Evo Design… :/

That was true.  Somehow, I overlooked the HTC Kingdom (HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Hero S) when making my list of HTC’s non-GPL-compliant devices.

I don’t like being wrong.  And it looks like HTC doesn’t like it when I’m wrong, either.  Things get messy, or something.  So HTC fast-tracked the release of the Kingdom kernel source code.  It’s available on the HTCdev website.  So now, HTC is mostly GPL-compliant.

I was also reminded of the fact that GPL compliance means making an Android kernel source code available as soon as the Android device releases.  HTC has yet to do that.  Once they get a system in place to make that happen, they’ll be GPL-compliant.  I’m sure that with all the recent successes at HTCDev, we’ll see this soon.  Looking forward to it.  For now, being up to date with all the Android devices on shelves is definitely a victory for everyone.

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