Openness is important to Sony, and as a next step of our work in this area, we will now make Sony kernel copyleft sources for flagship devices available on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. This is a long sought step for all of you open source developers who’ve been waiting for this to happen. We heard you, and now it’s done! More sources for other devices will be added over time.
Multiple benefits for developers
Putting the Sony kernel sources on GitHub is made solely for the purpose of making things easier for open source developers working with custom ROMs and kernels. Our zip-filed open source archives on Developer World will still be maintained, but for you as a developer, the transfer to GitHub will imply several major advantages. Not least by the fact that it will now be easy to integrate, track and review any changes. It will literally save you hours of work, compared to before when you manually had to check for differences.
How to get access
The kernel sources are published on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub. Simply select your build, and you get instant visibility to individual commits from the chipset manufacturer kernel used by Sony as baseline, as well as to the changes made by Sony ourselves. We hope that this will make it easy for custom kernel and ROM developers to be constantly in sync with the latest patches.
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- Read more about Sony’s open source initiatives.
- Check out the SonyXperiaDev GitHub.
- See the list of zip-filed open source archives on Developer World.
- Learn about Alin Jerpelea joining Sony.
- Find out more about the Sony MESH prototype platform.
- Learn how to build a Linux kernel and flash it to the phone.
- Learn about the new Xperia T3.