Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 18:26 UTC
Windows Way back in old and boring January of this year, Microsoft announced they would be working together with the Windows Phone 7 homebrew community, with the goal of creating a stable, supported way for homebrew developers and people interested in homebrew applications to enable side-loading on their WP7 devices. Well, they took their sweet time, but the ChevronWP7 team (Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng) and Microsoft have just announced the results.
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LOL
by WorknMan on Sun 19th Jun 2011 18:59 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Imagine if you bought a PC and they were going to charge you money for the privilege of installing anything not officially endorsed by The Man? People wouldn't put up with this shit on PCs, so why do it on phones?

Note: I realize that this is a slightly better solution than having to constantly work around the manufacturer by jailbreaking, but far from what I would call acceptable. Acceptable to me would be for the vendor to allow me to load whatever the hell I want on the hardware that I bought, without having to pay an extortion fee first.

Edited 2011-06-19 19:00 UTC

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RE: LOL
by JAlexoid on Sun 19th Jun 2011 20:40 in reply to "LOL"
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2009-05-19

I think that is the way the OSX going. iOSization of the whole Apple platform.

I wonder how long it'll take them to enforce running of signed only binaries...

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RE: LOL
by Paradroid on Mon 20th Jun 2011 08:56 in reply to "LOL"
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2010-01-05

Imagine if you bought a PC and they were going to charge you money for the privilege of installing anything not officially endorsed by The Man? People wouldn't put up with this shit on PCs, so why do it on phones?


Precisely because it's a phone - a consumer electronic device, not a general purpose computer. It's needs to be reliable and free from malicious software because it has the important task of making or receiving calls.

Despite the fact that I've bailed out of WP7 and got an Android phone, I think Microsoft now has the best solution to keeping everybody happy. Users have the official marketplace with properly vetted applications free from malware and spyware, and if you want to install something that will never appear in the official marketplace you now can.

The fact that you can't completely trust software in the Android marketplace is a disaster.

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RE[2]: LOL
by Paradroid on Mon 20th Jun 2011 10:09 in reply to "RE: LOL"
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2010-01-05

Having said that, I definitely agree that this sideloading feature should not be chargeable. Not really in the spirit of the hacking community.

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RE[2]: LOL
by Not2Sure on Tue 21st Jun 2011 21:33 in reply to "RE: LOL"
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2009-12-07

I will just trust anything in the Amazon marketplace! ;)

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RE: LOL
by tomcat on Tue 21st Jun 2011 01:41 in reply to "LOL"
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2006-01-06

Imagine if you bought a PC and they were going to charge you money for the privilege of installing anything not officially endorsed by The Man? People wouldn't put up with this shit on PCs, so why do it on phones?


Stop whining and build your own phone, if you don't like their terms.

Edited 2011-06-21 01:41 UTC

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RE[2]: LOL
by Neolander on Tue 21st Jun 2011 05:04 in reply to "RE: LOL"
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2010-03-08

Stop whining and build your own phone, if you don't like their terms.

You see, that's precisely the problem which he's talking about. You don't have to build your PC yourself to get the "right" to program that computer you own yourself. Any PC will do.

Phones, however, are another story...

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