[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] OS X Flasher for the N800?

From: Andrew Barr andrew.james.barr at gmail.com
Date: Fri Jan 19 21:17:47 EET 2007
On Fri, 2007-01-19 at 11:08 -0500, Sean Luke wrote:
> Last: is there a reason the flasher utility isn't open source?  [or  
> am I being brain-damaged here, and it already is?]

Nokia, as per usual, has nothing to say about this but the speculation
is that the flashing protocol is used by their mobile phones as well and
hence they do not want that out there...of course it may already be,
knowing how well these kind of secrets are often kept. There is a
'usbtest' kernel module in the initfs that I suspect implements the
device-side part of this protocol. I think it is loaded for a few
seconds at startup, probably before pivoting to the rootfs...hence the
reason you have to restart the device to flash it. After the rootfs
loads the g_file_storage gadget driver is used for USB connections.

It would be nice if there was some way to flash the device from a memory
card, like the Zaurus does. No need for proprietary binaries to upgrade
what was sold as an open source, or Linux-powered at any rate, device.

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