Asus asked to decrypt Eee tablet bootloader
Let us hack our firmware, petitioners demand
Asus' decision to encrypt the bootloader built into its Eee Pad Transformer Prime has prompted prospective punters to petition for the practice to end.
Users recently discovered that the Hasbro hated Prime's bootloader is sealed from prying eyes with 128-bit AES encryption - a move that, intentionally or not, prevents owners from installing alternative versions of Android or even other operating systems on the tablet.
The petitioners hope to persuade Asus that this is a bad idea. The same tactic is believed to have made phone manufacturer HTC change its mind about locking down bootloaders.
"We consider that it is our right to customise our devices in any way we wish: once bought, the Prime is our property alone to modify if we choose," says the petition.
"The current inability of the Prime to accept custom firmware is already dissuading some from buying this tablet, and even causing others to consider returning devices that they have recently bought."
So far, Asus has yet to respond to grumbles on forums and its own US Facebook page about the lock, but early adopters and would-be Prime buyers hope it'll have a change of heart. ®
Thanks to Dan for the tip
I'll change my name to I ♡ Barry Shitpeas if this comes to fruition
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"it is our right to customise our devices in any way we wish"
It is the manufacturer's right to *design* their devices any way *they* wish, too. Freedom is a two-way street.
Customer support is hard enough without having to cater to any number of unofficial, third-party modifications and changes. Apple are raking in the cash precisely *because* they disagree with this repeatedly disproved "the customer is always right" bullshit. Engineers and nerds may like to tinker with their toys, but 99.999% of punters couldn't give a toss how the magic lantern works.
If you believe there's a huge demand for products designed the way *you* want them, you're more than welcome to go into business for yourself. It's just a bunch of bits in a box with some off-the-shelf software, right? Easy peasy! <CLARKSON>How hard can it be?</CLARKSON>
It's a crying shame nobody's invented a foolproof device that automatically euthanises people with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. There's a potentially huge market there.
Asus France announced on twitter that they will release a tool "to unlock the bootloader".
They also promise an official explanation on their facebook page.