This article is part of an extended series on Kobo development and investigation
Apparently I have to make this more obvious:
- Take a backup of your Kobo's SD card before doing anything. If something doesn't work, you can't fix your Kobo without this backup. I will not send you a backup.
- Any device hacking is risky. If you can't afford to break your device, leave now.
(This post is part of a series on the internals of the Kobo and Kobo Wifi eReaders. The rest of the posts are technically focused; this one was just prompted by increasing frustration with the device.)
I really like the Kobo. It has great hardware, a great price, and some pretty nice software running on it. Unfortunately, it also has some annoying bugs and limitations - many of which wouldn't be too bad,if only there was any sign they'd ever get fixed/resolved. some but not all of which have now been fixed in the 1.9 firmware.
I feel a little bad paying the Kobo out about these issues, because the Kobo folks were really great to deal with and really responsive early on. I've been absolutely blown away by how far beyond narrow-interpretation GPL requirements they've gone with their source releases (including full build scripts and config files) and how quick they were to update their releases when asked about them. Please keep in mind that overall the Kobo is an excellent eReader and the Kobo guys deserve our support for being one of the depressingly few companies who fully accept, understand and act on the obligations that fall on them in exchange for the free use of GPL-licensed software.