Posted by Deliverator on November 15th, 2005
Rockbox is a neat project aimed at providing high quality open source firmware for portable music players. Currently, they have released polished code for a number of Archos players, which deliver far more advanced features than found in the original, manufacturer supplied firmware. The Rockbox feature set is also highly extensible through 3rd party plugins including picture and movie viewers and even a gameboy emulator. Rockbox has also been making a strong effort to support iRiver players. They have released non-final but very useable code for the H100 series of players. In addition, their work on porting Rockbox to the H300 series seems to be making considerable progress, with support for most of the major chips being listed as 90% complete or done. One of the last major hurdles seems to be creating an effective LCD driver, particularly given the H300 series potential as an excellent portable video player. A picture released today reveals that progress is being made on this front as well.