Squiff writes "It's been called an 'object of lust' http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/23/htc-hero-review/ and has been beating the iPhone for awards http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1220535/HTC-Hero-beats-Apple-iPhone-T3-Gadget-Awards.html as the first Android phone that really is 'the phone to have'. It has also just become available in the USA having been released in Europe in June. Unfortunately, despite being based on the Open Handset Alliance's Android platform and using several open source components, HTC are effectively refusing to release the source for the GPL parts of the code, citing that they are 'waiting for their developers to provide it' http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=569288&page=3. A petition has gone up today too http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/herokernel/index.html. They are ignoring their customers and their legal responsibilites, will they (can they?) ignore the Slashdot effect?"
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