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Help fix the wireless firmware problem on the Openmoko GTA04

by Matt Lee Contributions Published on Sep 21, 2011 11:32 AM
Occasionally, we post tasks that we'd like to draw specific attention to. Today we're posting one such task: help fix the wireless firmware problem on the Openmoko GTA04 and move us closer to a phone we can recommend.

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The Openmoko GTA04 is currently at the prototyping stage, but will hopefully lead to the development of a cellphone that we can recommend. For this to happen, a piece of nonfree software that is loaded to allow access to wireless network hotspots needs to be replaced.

The current thinking is that by removing the ability for this software to be upgraded, we can effectively treat the wireless networking hardware as a circuit, and importantly, not a malicious circuit that can be upgraded.

If you're interested, please see http://projects.goldelico.com/p/gta04-main/page/FirmwareInjector/ for more information.

Ideally, someone will develop a free firmware program to run in the chip. But that's a different task, and we don't know how hard it might be.

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