Samsung refuse to release KitKat sauce - EDIT: dropped!
Shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone seeing Samsung's past performance, but still. Due to some of the strangeness going on while working with the Polish 4.4 Note3 update's kernels, I wanted to look at the sauce. As it wasn't listed yet on Samsung's Open Source Release Center, I put in an official request for sources. Their response was as follows:Thank you for your interest in our product.We only publish Open source code of official version. It would be appreciated if you can understand our situation.Please accept our apology for not being able to handle your request up to your satisfaction.
What they probably mean is that they wont release the sources until they do a full roll-out (right now is a small test roll-out, I guess ?). Regardless, this is complete BS - they have rolled out the firmware, they are obligated to release the sources when asked for them. Needless to say, I do not have any understanding for their situation, nor will I accept the apology.
Of course, there's a lot to say about all this, and in no way do I expect my post to change anything. I just thought it worth noting that Samsung still thinks the GPL does not apply to them ... :)EDIT
: Sources are now available. Not sure who to thank, +James Duncan
, the guys at SFLC, or just Samsung's OSRC personnel, but it's there - hurrah!