the shady world of unsupported ROMs
there’s a debate raging over on the xda-developers site, which is a great resource IMHO, a place to find tweaks and natty programs for the various PDAs out there.
Until recently the site hosted a repository of OEM, original, homemade or cooked ROMs for various devices, although in response to requests to Microsoft these have recently been removed (see the debate here )
Microsoft’s position is clear
Microsoft has limited redistribution policies in place for a number of products, from desktop applications like Office, to downloads such as Windows Media Player and Windows Live Messenger, to Windows Mobile products. The licensing terms for Windows Mobile products also varies between versions and is different for each device depending on the features included by the OEM. As you may know, Microsoft is dedicated to protecting its copyright and other intellectual property rights.
All this arises from the way in which Microsoft license Windows Mobile, which is actually through OEMs and the MSPs consequently there is often a situation where one carrier’s device in the wild differs slightly or dramatically from another ostensibly identical device.
The very fact that my device of choice hides behind a number of product names can be confusing but think of it in a similar way to the situation with cars: Skodas, Seats Audi’s and VWs are essentially very similar vehicles vehicle with different doohickies in them and they have different reputations, finishes and target markets and vastly differing price tags based on this.
don’t get me wrong, the fact that my m3100 is not officially upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6 irks me, the equipment can certainly run crossbow as this post demonstrates. These are half a dozen homecooked ROMs and won’t be going anywhere near my device, much as I ‘d love to use Windows Mobile 6 it’s essentially using unlicensed software or stealing depending on your point of view.
I’m not the kind of person who is worried about warranties I subscribe to Make: magazines tenet that if you can’t open it you don’t own it, and I regularly reg hack or widget my device to add extra functionality but I don’t really hold with the wholesale replacement of the OS.
There are a lot of people who complain that it’s unfair that their MSP / OEM hasn’t implemented particular aspects of the OS or add-ons available to users of similar devices, and it’s not unusual to hear of dopod / Qtek / HTC ROMs on other badged product. to go back to my car analogy this is very like buying a Skoda and then expecting to be able to add all those Audi gadgets in there for free.
You bought a Skoda right?
the counter argument is that it’s like customising, you can add a Rover engine to a Mini Metro after all.
Me…. I will be awaiting the arrival of the E650 with great impatience – expected to be mid April at the latest report.