Pissing Wars

As unnecessary as it is to point out the obvious pissing-in-the-snow metaphors used as the names by most of the recent jailbreak and unlock tools, it is perhaps worth calling attention to the fact that the snow of territorial marking has shifted from Apple itself to the budding rivalry between the Dev Team and new kid on the block GeoHot.

George Hotz (b. 1989) or GeoHot first beat the Dev Team to a viable jailbreak for the 3GS with purplera1n.  It should be noted that the Dev Team had already produced a 3GS jailbreak some time before, but had been holding out on releasing it by claiming that to reveal the exploit too soon might make it impossible for any new 3GS owner to jailbreak later, assuming Apple would close the exploit. GeoHot’s release forced the issue, and may have screwed later 3GS jailbreakers in the way the Dev Team feared. But it demonstrated that the Dev Team can no more lock down exploits than Apple can lock down the iPhone.  Like it or not, this kid is a new player and thus a new factor to contend with.

Then on July 13, 2009, GeoHot released purplesn0w, which he claimed to be a better software unlock than the Dev Team’s ultrasnow.  The Dev Team was quick to respond in kind. In their Winter Tires blog post the next day, the Dev Team announced that it had evaluated GeoHot’s claims about ultrasn0w drawbacks and the methods of his purplesn0w.  They defended ultrasn0w and insisted that GeoHot’s claims about deficiencies were overblown.  However they also admitted that some of his methods were better than theirs, and updated ultrasn0w to utilize some of the methods GeoHot found and used in purplesn0w.

While I’m hardly a proponent of free market logic, it seems in this case that a bit of healthy competition ends up good news for the jailbreaking community as a whole.

In other pissing war news, it was also reported today that the new iTunes 8.2.1 update closes the method used by the Palm Pre to allow its competing phone to sync with iTunes.  While I obviously own an iPhone and not a Palm Pre, it is my opinion that Apple is way out of line here, and deserves another law suit over this.  They gotta just relax.

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