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Old 03-16-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Has anyone recommended to Amazon that they take the hacks and add them to the firmware? The code is already written all they need to do is to put it in.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:16 PM   #2
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I don't really think Amazon wants these hacks to be applied, it would explain why they stopped us.

Not to mention -- USBNetwork, Rescue Pack, CRP, offer entry points into the OS (by design), the fonts hack is very fragile, KUAL and related hacks are mostly things that run decidedly odd stuff as well -- scripts for stuff that people wanted on the spur of the moment, cross-compiled binaries for just about anything, none of which are a candidate for Amazon inclusion.

No sure why they don't have decent screensavers, and we will probably never find out -- they aren't answering our calls.


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Discussion about hacks belongs in the Developer's Corner. Moved.

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Old 03-16-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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Hm - sounds like trying to tell "those Linux people" that they should use that particular desktop or that editor...

At least we CAN modify most of our devices! Thanks again to all the people who make it possible! A thousand cheers!
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:18 AM   #4
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Yes, jbcohen, I have said to them I'd like my own screensavers.
As with anything I've ever said to amazon I got the same tinned answer:
"We'll direct your suggestions to the relevant department."
That has been with every kindle generation released since the touch.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:25 AM   #5
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Amazon wants Kindle software to be simple and as featureless as possible. Many people have asked for more options to how eBooks look and Amazon has ignored these requests. Basically, if you want more control over your eBooks, you'll need to go to another brand Reader.
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At least we CAN modify most of our devices! Thanks again to all the people who make it possible! A thousand cheers!
People who now buy a PW2, Kindle, and Voyage CANNOT modify anything on their devices. Amazon seems to have done a good job plugging the holes that were once used to jailbreak in firmware 5.6.x.
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Yes, jbcohen, I have said to them I'd like my own screensavers.
As with anything I've ever said to amazon I got the same tinned answer:
"We'll direct your suggestions to the relevant department."
That has been with every kindle generation released since the touch.
People want more font control, more margin control, and more line spacing control and Amazon's response is to turn a dead ear.
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People who now buy a PW2, Kindle, and Voyage CANNOT modify anything on their devices. Amazon seems to have done a good job plugging the holes that were once used to jailbreak in firmware 5.6.x.
Actually, I was able to adjust the font sizes on my Voyage thanks to a mod found by the poster ecostin and documented in this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=256969

Sooo...it's actually NOT true that people with a Voyage can't modify anything on their devices. There's also another person reporting that they were able to install alternative fonts onto a device with a firmware version higher than 5.6.1, but so far no details or confirmation.

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Actually, I was able to adjust the font sizes on my Voyage thanks to a mod found by the poster ecostin and documented in this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=256969

Sooo...it's actually NOT true that people with a Voyage can't modify anything on their devices. There's also another person reporting that they were able to install alternative fonts onto a device with a firmware version higher than 5.6.1, but so far no details or confirmation.

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Amazon has a history of removing those sorts of hacks that do not require jailbreaking. So I expect that someday that font size hack will be going away.

Also, you can keep your jailbreak if you update to 5.6.x with the jailbreak in place. But without the jailbreak in place if you update, you cannot jailbreak.

What really surprises me is that nobody has make an alternate firmware for Kindles where you don't need to jailbreak and you have all the features many people want.
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What really surprises me is that nobody has make an alternate firmware for Kindles where you don't need to jailbreak and you have all the features many people want.
It is called Duokan. And unsurprisingly, it requires being jailbroken to install...
How else do you think one can reconfigure the bootloader and/or install custom software AND firmware???
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