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Old 08-10-2010, 06:50 PM   #6
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Device: Kobo
UPDATE 2010-08-17: Some of this was just wrong due to issues I had downloading the tgz file - see #17. A correctly downloaded file is not compressed twice. I have corrected the errors

NOTE 2010-09-02 : For step by step instructions for to create an SD card from a windows PC see #24 below. (There is some linux stuff but DON'T PANIC)


I have just downloaded this from borders.com.au. Download size is 123 MB.

As the .tgz suffix implies, it is a gzipped tar file. This is a standard unix thing. There are many Windows utilities that will open it, including 7-zip.

I have generated a list of files

$ tar tzf bordersau-full-1_4.tar > bordersau-full-1_4.txt

Given the file structure and presence of busybox, it is almost certain that the KOBO runs linux and used GPLed code.

If we look at the busybox binary:
$tar --strip-components=2 -xzf bordersau-full-1_4.tar ./bin/busybox
$strings busybox

we see:
Copyright (C) 1998-2006
Erik Andersen, Rob Landley, and others.
Licensed under GPLv2.

Oh dear. Where is the source? Unlicenced use of busybox is actively pursued in the US courts - see http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...00803132055210

UPDATE: The source is now available here.
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Last edited by billingd; 09-02-2010 at 10:07 AM. Reason: Add note see #24
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