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Old 07-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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I consider buying the new Kindle because of the great display and its price, but I heard it's a very closed system
So my question is, are there active developers who try to write firmware mods and remove restrictions (e.g. country restrictions) of this device? Or is it simply not possible on the Kindle?
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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The country restrictions are done at the point of sale, not on the device.

It is not designed to be an open system. There have been a few hacks developed for the Kindle, but nothing major.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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I recall Amazon announcing and SDK for the Kindle. So, it can't be too closed.

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Old 07-29-2010, 05:06 PM   #4
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Nothing much has been heard about the SDK in a while. Also, it was restricted to only add-on functions, and would not allow changing the normal functions of the Kindle. Most of the stuff people said they wanted to implement would require integration/replacement of base functionality.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:22 PM   #5
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Heh, I didn't see the developers section. Kernel compiling, many hacks and mods.. seems that the Kindle isn't as close as I thought
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:39 PM   #6
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:03 AM   #7
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There is no such thing as a "closed" system. Any system that you can get control of or own (such as a device like the Kindle) is not a "closed" system anymore. It's just become "open". I bought a $75 US used Kindle 2 for the sole purpose of "jailbreaking it". I will share everything I accomplish with the community.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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Yeah??? I've never been contacted back, even after numerous attempts to sign up. Does anyone *have* the Beta Developer Toolkit for download from RapidShare?

I, personally, would *love* to see an ePub viewer app for the K2.

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:08 PM   #9
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The Kindle 3 has talk about a Webkit browser. This probably means they have added X11 support to the firmware. If so, the possibilities would be endless. Let's just hope there will also be a similar update for Kindle 2.
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