GENI E O ZEPELIM – CHICO BUARQUE DE HOLLANDA – ENGLISH LYRICS. (Bad words in the final strophes, beware)
In order to reply some questions and better explain what i mean with “closing” the mac edition bios project, I decided to make this post on the subject.
Firstly I have to say that I appreciated very much everybody’s mature reaction to the announce – as you probably could see as I tried to answer up to where I could and so on.
This project was planned as a way to react against Apple Inc’s restriction attitudes, like not letting you choose your own technician and your own hardware piece to insert into your own machine, or – lately – even what software you can or not run on your own hardware. That was not because we dislike Apple products, but because we believe in freedom of choice over information.
Software/data is information, “Information Technology” term speaks by itself: “the acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications”.
At first, many people (as I was using a new nickname even people with whom I keep a – now a little more distant – contact) gone against the idea, with many arguments: that it was a step behind as acpi replacement could already be done by software without risking the motherboard, that donation based initiatives was wrong, etc etc…
No one was wondering “what for…”.
As I said before, and this is only my opinion, i see no difference in hacking just for hack or playing Tetris… Nothing wrong with any of both, don’t misunderstand-me: I have nothing against that, it just lacks ideals, as many things nowadays. But in this case it all sits over a subject of great importance to our construction as societies: precedences.
Once a precedent is opened, be it in any direction or by any cause, we leave space for the use & abuse of them (as we can see, now we need to jailbreak android and even windows ce… poor Palm).
When the APT(-get) became “appstore” some people were just discontent with their devices’ limitations and made justice with their own hands, jailbreaking their devices to just run what they wanted on it.
Then a real “scene” started: at one “side” people who likes “sides and scenes” like that “wannabe-on-TV” boy and some other pseudo big names (and mine is not bigger then their) twitting things like “yes i’d love to be hired by Apple” (or being actually by Goo…) and in the other, people like Saurik and comex, who were against what was happening and were quietly working on what they could to stop the “jail” of information in disagreement.
As the Inc. did not want the blood in their hands, and this politically usable (since Robespierre times) word “terrorist” was last fashion in politics, the company sent to US administration a document in which they defined “jailbreaking” as “terrorism”.
Newly elected US administration, while still with its popularity in hands, acted quickly in a surprising move: not only trashed such arguments, as fast-forwarded public services to define Jailbreak as Fair Use, modifying the DRM laws to add specifically this exception.
That was an Answer.
Unfortunately, situation could not let them go deeper in this case as they did with Micro$oft back in the 90′s… I am not judging if that was “good” or “bad”, just citing an example of to what extent can the Copyright lobby go: comparing someone who did buy a device and later modified it with a terrorist.
Here where I live, this word was so extensively and irresponsibly used in the 70′s (the “Age of Lead” of brazilian military dictatorship) that it lost it’s sense, even the Country’s new actual elected president who will take charge in January was considered “Terrorist” at that time, so were singers, compositors, thinkers, artists and, well, even SOPHOCLES(!!!), while those who did practice torture in the big business behalf were just “making justice” or in their Orwellian words: “educating”.
I am taking no partidary side on saying that, as I see any political use of this anachronism (“terror” – which is a part of a vilification political campaign inside the French Revolution times – serving as basis for even worse later tyrannies establishing themselves at the time), be it for the called “left” or “right” (what is another anachronism proceeding from the same era) as a lack of focus – very dangerous under our nowadays very better established (and disguised as free) jailed Occident.
My (pre)occupation is with my work field: I.T.
Last stick of Liberty for many, a business for some, or a senseless playground for many others, Technology have been under control (and having this control broken) many times: Tertiary system of plantation (held in secrecy by Western Papacy in Middle Ages), Feudalism, Guilds, Mercantilism, Employers’-Syndicates, Industrial copyright holding personal ideas, hackintoshes, jailbreaks-needing… and the wheel keeps spinning.
Why Am I CLOSING (not finishing) The Project
Since this have became famous, i had great and bad situations. I don’t know if “who was there” got my first reaction to when this became news: something like “Run for you lives!”. I could predict what was to come, from good people having their machines running better to the point when hackintosh sellers would establish entire business on relabeled BIOS files from this, and even “who was not there” seen many people warning me about that.
Many misunderstandings came from this point and on: criticism gone up and forward as the project grew, mostly 2 groups: 1 – the old hackers who did think that analyzing OSX86 as part of a natural social reaction to corporative information lockdown was out of scope and could cause harm to it, and, worse, 2- hackintosh sellers who suddenly felt that their business should be growing and I was not attending their expectations in time.
So people started coming to my blog with complaints. Some were hunting for Gigabyte boards just to flash a bios within it, others were hunting for dozens of it in order to re-sell them in bigger price after flashing it with a incomplete and buggy work in progress that was pre-released for testing purposes.
Some saying that I was just blogging too much, and, instead, I should be working more to attend to their anxiety (Go with him, go, Geni!), and some as if by disagreeing with their view I was just being morose for thinking by myself and trying to raise a debate on the subject as a whole situation instead of creating a small BIOS farm to fix actuality instead of the precedent which allows the future:
“HELP! HELP! I AM BEING REPRESSED!” – Monty Python and The Holy Grail. (A little of self criticism)
Some others lacked arguments to the point of coming here to correct my badly written English, as if what mattered was how and not what was being told, and as if speaking in other people’s language was not a kindness of mine, but a obligation: I was not enough colonized:
“ROMANES, GO HOME” – MONTY PYTHON – The Life of Brian.
If someone did not understand the meaning of this blog, I can’t blame this one, I can only think that maybe I was not clear enough – anyway, I am not even expressing myself in my own language, as so it lacks me not only vocabulary of the daily life as it also lacks me the cultural differences notion on what here is common sense and there (wherever) maybe impolite, or cause some kind of embarrassment. And, differently of some people I was believing in debate, not imposition of ideas.
In middle of all this I had two choices: trying to transform these criticisms into something intellectually productive or censor these people and keep creating BIOSes. Well, except for those who could not keep a minimum mark of education, I always did think that the first option was by far more concomitant with my objective while making these data modifications then the second.
Some disagree, I respect that, and I did listen.
thats why the RELEASED beta modifications were copyleft/public, While alphas were in NDA due to not only avoiding patch-backs prior the right time (10.6.6 printed DVDs, mac appstore frameworks getting final, and AppleHDA2.0 for instance) but because most of these files were created just to see what reaction a certain memory address change or main module and its extensions editions could or not cause, not to count the private alphas that were created with boot-time memory address modifications just to test how it would affect a particular off-board hardware combination, or a board grouping possibility. In other words, they were not safe enough for release for ANY machines, but only to those for who the files were being created. By the way, over again sorry for the problems of loss of data that some tests made, and thanks for not alarming people, keeping the NDA responsibility, as you did (you both know who you are).
CLOSED – Not Finished?
As I came to the point where I was always trying to do more then I could (and if writing a “tuto” was for me easier, including legally, I would have done, as I did some screen-sharing iChat classes to those who had doubts), it came to a point where attending to a porting demand was taking me more time and brain-juice then getting real feedback, even with so much help from everyone of you, would forward my researches.
I don’t know how much time do you think that it takes to create a single BIOS mod – even worse when it comes to award 6.00PG/347, but I can say that cutting, decompiling, modifying, recompiling, rearranging offsets and overall modifying hexes without a source code is very consuming. As so don’t think that I did “took ‘my’ (AWARD’s!) ball” only because I could not handle anymore…, it was just the cherry over this cake.
Or I would keep here giving feedback to what is not even finished and seeing this project (this project is not and has never been a ‘empty’ BIOS mod, is a manifestation of ideas with the objective of proofing to the right persons that the Mac OS X is not incompatible by nature with PCs, but by active restrictions so you can only buy a machine with the same brand of the OS for it to run, what is illegal to do where I live) – go down the hill by the pressure of small business representatives who were gaining from my free work (and i don’t know yet if I really care about that, as the mods were ‘copyleft’ and easily decompilable, I will not fall in the same error I criticize) and people who could not understand that I was not fighting for a better hackintosh today but for a exposure of how OS X is NOT incompatible with PCs by technical reasons (It is not even incompatible with normal BIOSes as many thinks), but by corporative choices and lock-downs; with the final objective of making the law value with the project as example and argument and – in that way – making we never need to create a hackintosh again… Repeating myself to each reactionary guy who believes in the myth that we are still living in a classic capitalist world and trying to explain to a History graduand what his very own (and very manipulated) definition of capitalism is, keeping an endless discussion with people who did not had basis to such on how I should or not do my own initiative….
…Or I could keep the contact with the right persons that can really help in time for achieving the objective (which now has to include a way to assure that the finished work will reach only the final residential users instead of being abused by small copyrighters wishing to use this in the same cycle that this was trying to destroy).
I did the first choice as much as I could. I kept it “legal” (Portuguese synonym to “cool” slang) as much as I could.
But be sure that when this is ready (by ready i mean something without the need of an smc or decrypter kext and a included bootloader) it will appear.
That is what I mean with closed. It is not abandoned at all.
Firstly because the idea is itself free and alive – If not accomplished by me it will be by “others”.
Yes I am doing that on my will. About how “free” this will is being, it’s another history. When you somehow NEED to do an unpredicted move as it seems to be the only way to achieve your final goal, and you have the choice to do it, that doesn’t mean this choice is totally free.
If I want open information and somehow i feel compelled to close my own information, thats not too free.
Yes I could predict that some people would try to sell hardware with, or to host in self benefit these files (be it any kind of benefit, these people are searching the wrong gold pot – you will not get rich with bios mods hosting, you will not even pay the bandwidth of your server with it), and as Mic.b asked, i did overlooked this situation as a sacrifice to get the final objective.
This changed in the day i noticed that there was more abuse then use of these files.
By abuse I mean people getting self benefit – other then installing OSX into their own machines -, be it by selling machines, or by hosting the files in 3rd (4rth?) party interests. Picking a ‘copyleft’ ideal, ripping its only essence off, and reposting it in copyrighted machines or sites (and the fault is not from the sites in most times).
In other words the abuse was to recreate in other interest what was done with a clear direct interest.
And this abuse is not only done over me, but many supporters of this project.
The Hack Sellers
The day that controversial hack sellers appeared some of the old guys did laugh a lot, as most of these new business had the same attitude as Psystar or EFI-X: picking what was communally constructed and making of this a small business. I was also accused of the same when I inserted other people’s findings together with my own inside the bioses, until some of the critics understand (or get tired of trying making me understand their point, I don’t know) that I was winning nothing with all this, in contrary, just loosing (time, energy, etc) to keep up what is obviously against the Tide. Manually inserting fixes inside the ROMs in a organized way was a broad test with some good results, nothing more.
I for myself had no closed opinion on hack sellers and hotlinkers: when we do something openly we know that this is one of the ends it can have, correct?
My opinion on these sites and sellers started to exist when I started to see the kind of attitudes taken by most of them (not all). I will not dirt my blog with examples, but I can say that most of these persons are not only very impolite as lack any sense of respect for people’s work and decisions. And they are many.
A guy from the German Pirate Party asked me once why I did not publish em and “let the angry Spam be”. I won’t fight (Gurdjieff’s definition) “small tyrants”.
They usually starts by offering me “help” (by help they usually mean no work force or ideas on how to get the project objective done, but ‘hot contacts’ or [self advertised] webspace, as if I had not too much of it – looks like what is one man problem is other man objective for life), when gently denied, they start to ask people for their files, and when they notice it also does not works, well, they have my e-mail and/or this site address so they can personally cuss me twice a day, creating fake profiles on other forums “trowing stones at Geni” because they disagree. In the end this only serves to GB Inc, AW/PH Inc, etc, to keep ignoring the osx86 needs (besides of the hooks left in EX58-UD5/F13q) and more then all: to A. Inc to patch-back future development.
If I had to publish these people barbarism words, I would do it to a court, not “chez moi”. Where I tried to keep a uppermost sense of courtesy.
Now, while I write, other persons tries to advertise a google repository from mine and other people’s work in order to get profit from self advertising their own business (at the same time that gives I.M. moderators the job of having to delete comments from such fake profiles cussing me at threads I opened there, accusing me from insanity to immorality in public square), subverting the creators of the works needs – like lnx2mac who asks for no re-hostings of his file as the only thing in return to his work, and many others – so these persons would not get anything from their work, instead it would all go to persons which keeps trolling this blog (i am not talking about people disagreeing with points of view, I am talking about personal moral disrespect by bad words) trying by any means get advertising profit from my (“come with me, come Geni!”) work while taking no responsibility or feed-backing nor even testing if the files have real integrity before letting em there (if the BIOS bootblock is bricked, no chapter 12 can save your bios, Gigabyte Inc will not RMA it either if they find that bios modification was the cause of the problem). Messing with bios is not like distributing a kext: you can put a house in fire because of a wrong voltage causing not only material, but also HUMAN losses, Award using this argument when they were still a sole company (not bought by Phoenix) used this argument to the point of creating laws forbidding bios mods in some States of the US for example.
What to do with the actual files?
Firstly keep em safe so they can not hurt further development of OSX freeing solutions. “Things are getting darker for us with Lion joining the ‘thundercats’.” The files will get no more support as I will now focus back on the harder objectives, but I guess that what is done is done… if they get public enough, the fruit will be able to lock out some of the latest findings for future development. If this keeps underground enough, then a jailbreakme-like solution will appear soon or later. Not here, not with my name.
GILBERTO GIL – A NOVIDADE (THE NOVELTY)
This was going to be the video for X58/0.8e release already…
I always did remember this music when I saw so much mess and misunderstanding over this project ideas and releases.
I could expect many things since “The Novelty” became “The News”, but the strange frenzy that appeared here (and elsewhere) was something I could not handle: old times guys criticizing and then contributing, and then again criticizing, then debating normally, then cussing me again… Well, some of you had the misfortune of watching that.
I could not expect that to get personal as it got, nor could i expect how low profile some persons would behave.
But overall, besides of making repetitive accusations and defamations, these persons were minority, and I have to say that this was a rich experience for me. This was about to be closed “any time soon” anyway, as the final release would most cause problems then the objective if released under the same way.
I had to stop here and strip off many parts of this post over the past days (yes it was almost 3x the size it has now), and I don’t really think that I said anything here that was not said before, be it on the forums, the posts, the comments… as so I will stop it here so I can continue blogging normally (many news on 10.6.6 new restrictions, wikileaks app banned from appstore, Cydia coming to mac, wikileaks response against brazilian president – very truthful by the way – and so on…).
As so, to be clear, i will let some final “items” based on what I wrote:
- I have nothing against Apple, or Microsoft, Google, or the US, or anyone else, what I have is a ideology, and as so anything concomitant with it will be here, anything going directly against it will here be commented, as it has been over one year.
- Although, I do have a lot against Corporatism as an Institution/Structure, and the methods seen in many I.T. corporations are against my opinion and as so, here posted.
- I have no political affiliation nor follow any political ideology inside or outside my Country: My activism is social, not politic, and over Information Technology and History as they are my work field.
- This is a blog and not a file farm.
- The blog & project will continue up to it’s final objective, which is linking society to technology – a link that I am not creating, but exposing, as it exists in any historical analysis, being a Structure under Annales de France Historiography (the actual one, since the 50′s, mainly adopted in mostly Europe and Latin America since the 80′s).
- Do not come here waiting for a BIOS, they will not be here.
- Please, independent of understanding or not and agreeing or not with any point here presented, give some respect to the time I have spent on this, and to my choice to stop.
- Also please respect all the time i spent hexing 35 motherboards for testing purposes and do not create a unified repository for them: if they were safe, they would be here.
- Also, for the persons contacting me with these kind of ideas: do not upload damaging files to the sites that are not respecting our choice and needs: they are just mislead, don’t search for a “bad guy” to blame, nor become one doing so!
- Flashing your BIOS with someone else file DO IS REALLY a VERY risky operation, and the actual p43/45 series DO compromise your machine USB in long term (by over-voltage on the usb at boot time and after un-mounts). It is your choice to keep it or not, I have nothing more to do with it.
- The downloads in the downloads section were maintained in respect to their authors, and to actual users of the pre releases of this project, they will continue there, and are not supposed to be replicated elsewhere. Do not replicate them without the express permission of the authors. Note that some do ask for the link to their sites, and it is a matter of minimal education keeping so.
- I actually recommend users to use DSDT replacement with the newest chameleons, which are giving very faster and open results.
- I was not nor am being threated by anyone but people who had the strange habit of trolling over the Internet as if they were anonymous coming to hacker’s site and not being personally identified.
- Do not create a “subject” over me: I am a person, like you, and I don’t want to be be a subject remembered (or lately blamed) for what I might have wrongly done. The files are Award Inc. - a Phoenix’s company – copyright, the modifications over it were made in Brazil and subject to brazilian legislation, while in other estates it could be even considered a crime. – Again I am not judging, I am informing.
- This blog is not stopping. Nor is this project. But now this blog is “jailbroken” from the project. It will not be a subject here, if you are searching for updates on it, they will not be here. Also do not disseminate any files with this site names if you really care about me, my work, and the future that it can have.
- If you don’t feel that this is your place, you are free to go elsewhere, just please note that I am a physical person and deserve respect as any other.
- Bad words, direct or indirect bullying (not talking about criticism, but disrespect), and any other kind of personal cuss were not and will not be accepted here. As the blog is getting this constantly and filters are not picking it, I will have to leave it moderated until these persons calm down. Also note that if you got picked by the filter it will instantly block your ip range and it will be directly deleted instead of going to moderation. I personally think this awfull, but worse would be having people cussing me in public square.
- For all users who did accompanied all this, my real thanks – it was a great experience overall and it will become the butterfly we wanted.
- For all the others who are just waiting for files, please, let it be: “404 – Geni Not Found”