HTC's Facebook Page Hit By Unwarranted Kernel Source Spam Campaign

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    HTC's Facebook Page Hit By Unwarranted Kernel Source Spam Campaign


    Sometimes, that old adage, "when it rains it pours" rings very true. Last week, it was Samsung getting slammed over and over, this week it appears to be HTC. Some impatient users have created a spam campaign against HTC on the HTC Facebook page. Apparently a horde of users are going out of their way to slam HTC claiming that they’re violating GPL requirements by not releasing source code for new devices and updates directly on HTC's Facebook page. Here is one of the messages being sent to HTC practically every five minutes,
    Please release the kernel source for the EVO 3D, EVO 4G, EVO Shift, Sensation, and Incredible 2. I love HTC devices, but am saddened that HTC refuses to follow GPL requirements to release source code.
    After the spamming got so bad, HTC began deleting some of the posts, and several users called them out on this. Here is HTC's response to that,
    I completely understand your concern regarding the lack of source code, Nick, and I would be more than happy to clarify this for you.

    Unfortunately, I cannot confirm whether these comments were actually being removed, or whether they were automatically removed due to being reported as spam, which is against Facebook’s ToS — we definately hear you guys, and we’re not deliberately withholding the code from you, and we absolutely plan on making it available, as soon as it’s ready.

    We are still working on the source code for some devices. We are unable to provide it to you at this time as it is not currently in an easily accessible format. Sure, it works on the phone just fine; but, for development purposes, that same software also needs to be able to function with the SDK provided by Google. For it to be flawless for our customers, it’s going to take some time. As for a time frame, our usual estimate is within 90-120 days of the device’s release. Sometimes (read: most of the time) we can have it sooner than that. I assure you we are working towards having this software available to our customers as soon as possible.
    This pretty much sums up the facts of the issue. HTC is apparently doing their best to get the source code out to users as quickly as they can, and are well within the time frame that they need to be. This means the spam campaign is mostly unwarranted, and the users should really just calm down and exercise some patience. At the time of this story, it appears that the spamming is slowing down some, but there still appears to be a few grumps posting occasionally.

    Source: PhanDroid and HTC Facebook

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    Why is it hard for people to sit back and wait?

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    Damned if I know. I've been following a thread at Motorola's support site, and they've been accused of everything from collusion with AT&T to hold back GB, to abandoning the Atrix completely...even though it's not quite 6 months old! It's ridiculous, and unfounded. I just don't get people sometimes...
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    It's my money and I want it now! I can understand devs wanting it, but your average everyday user has no need for this.

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