Amazon released the source code for the Kindle Fire on Thursday. This 809MB of densely packed and deeply obfuscated code won;t be of much use to the average user, but hackers have already started taking it apart to see what secrets it might reveal.
But I’m not sure they will find anything useful. Amazon is required to release this source code because of the open source licenses on the Android and Linux code that other developers have released, but I don’t think they have to share the parts they wrote.
In the past, Amazon also made public the source code for their other reading devices including the K3, Kindle DX, etc, as far back as the original Kindle, whose source code was released right after it shipped.