Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 19:50 UTC
Windows The HTC HD2 is probably one of the most enduring mobile phones out there. While it originally shipped with Windows Mobile way back in 2009, it has become one of the most hacker-friendly devices out there, and hackers have managed to port virtually everything to the device - various versions of Android, MeeGo, Ubuntu, and Windows Phone have found their way to the HD2. Russian hacker Cotulla, responsible for many of these ports, has just announced the next big port: Windows RT is now running on the HD2.
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This isn't a port
by BluenoseJake on Sat 29th Dec 2012 13:50 UTC
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2005-08-11

A port is when you rewrite all or part of the OS to run on new hardware. This is using a vulnerability in the OS and or hardware to shoehorn an existing OS on to hardware that it supports, but does not officially run on.

Windows NT was ported to run on ARM. Microsoft did this work, helped by the fact that Windows NT is quite portable, and has run on MIPS, Alpha and PowerPC in the past.

This guy did a clever hack, sure, but it's not porting. He didn't port anything.

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RE: This isn't a port
by Nelson on Sat 29th Dec 2012 14:52 in reply to "This isn't a port"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

A UEFI bootloader, drivers, and much more likely had to be written to get any decent level of support. It most definitely is a porting job, albeit with the architectural port done for him already. For the most part.

This isn't a simply copying of system files to the device and flipping an on switch.

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RE[2]: This isn't a port
by BluenoseJake on Sat 29th Dec 2012 21:38 in reply to "RE: This isn't a port"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

By the comments on the page, he didn't write any drivers, Windows 8 supports UEFI already, all he would have had to do it is get it on the device, and fool it into booting windows.

I still don't think it's a port.

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