Android Mod Community Routes Around Google's Lawyers
Following up on my previous rant it looks like the community's plan to route around the Google legal team's attempt to sabotage any good will Android had gained in the community has come to fruition.
Cyanogens first post legal scuffle release is now out:
[ROM] CyanogenMod - Keeping You Legal For Less (BETA) [UPDATED 10/4 - v4.1.99] - xda-developers
They came up with a very smart solution. In short, instead of shipping the proprietary bits in the ROM that got Google all grumpy, the installer now rips those bits from the existing ROM on your phone (the binaries you legally own since you bought your phone) and rolls them into the community modded ROM before it installs it on your phone.
The Android devices we own come with many files that can't be redistributed legally, and as you all probably know, I can no longer include these with my ROMs. So, in order to get up and running, you'll need a compatible device with a compatible ROM. Please visit the appropriate site below, read and agree to the license agreement, and download the "1.6 Recovery Image" for your device. You'll need to flash this before installing my ROM. Note this is NOT the same as what we all think of as a "recovery image", it's just what HTC calls the version you can flash as an update.zip from recovery mode. Optionally, you can download the fastboot version and just fastboot flash the system.img first. You only need to do this the first time, upgrades shouldn't require reflashing. You don't even need to boot it, just flash it, then flash my ROM. After that you can just use CM Updater. The install process backs up your proprietary files and applications and restores them afterwards.