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  • GeoHot Says GoodBye To The Community

    Three days ago we discussed GeoHot's "Meh" post regarding the iPhone 4 and Jailbreaking, and today we get a slight update to his announcement. In the slew of events and discussions over the last few weeks, George has decided to withdrawal from the Jailbreaking scene, tired and exhausted from the incessant demands for releases and abuse from the jailbreaking community. It had it ups and it's downs, and it has now come to an end for Mr. Hotz, as least here in the interweb.

    The tweet above was only an hour or so ago, so it it's official. There will be no more updates from GeoHot on jailbreaking. Both his blog and twitter have now been closed to the public.

    Soon after the "Meh" post, he posted an update to his blog stating the following, which was soon followed by the tweet above;

    Sorry, this post was probably a bad idea. Next time I wonít say anything. I miss when this blog was actually about technical things(Iíve been reacting too much to the feedback, which led it to the place itís in now). I didnít fully realize most of the current scene donít care unless they are getting something. Now I do. Itís late tonight, Iíll think about what to do about this in the morning.

    The real reason behind no release isnít technical. Itís just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd.
    Also, to the haters, the picture is quite obviously fake
    However, this isn't the end of the world folks. There is still a huge community of iPhone hackers and developers working hard such as the Dev-Team. Even George has tweeted some advice on who to follow for jailbreaking updates:

    Please follow my good friend @mikecohenn for all future jailbreak updates
    Goodbye GeoHot. Thanks for all your hard work! You've made a mark in iPhone history.

    For those of you interested, most of the Dev-Team can be followed on twitter.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: GeoHot Says GoodBye To The Community started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 524 Comments
    1. aimetti's Avatar
      aimetti -
      Appreciate is contributions ,
      however he is still a db
    1. ThinkTank's Avatar
      ThinkTank -
      Quote Originally Posted by MuscleNerd View Post
      There really is a fun and challenging "can you beat Apple's engineers" aspect to jailbreak and unlock development, and it existed before the prevalence of twitter and blogs and such. So I wouldn't worry so much about that
      Need we say more!! You Rock. It's about the joy of developing. That's what true Dev feel.
    1. nxovkin's Avatar
      nxovkin -
      farewell George! thx for everything you've done... been with ya since day 1.
      the iphone wouldn't be where it is today without you.
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      My four year old neice doesn't cry and ***** as much as 85% of this forum. Geo spent a lot of his free time helping people out, and now that he isn't delivering, it's flame time? It's just a jailbreak...and it's FREE.
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      Thank god and good riddance if you didn't notice comex addressed the same situation in a much more adult and appropriate manner instead of whining like a school girl that he hates when people tweet him he said he appreciated the mentions but it's all about the work and as long as its fun he is continuing like a grown up see ya later geohotz and your ps3 hack is about 2 year out of date now time to let the pros take over that too
    1. mardinn's Avatar
      mardinn -
      Ah Geo.. you bring back memories.. I used you blackra1n to jailbreak my first ipod touch 2nd gen.. It worked flawlessly .. I am sorry about how other people treated you. Well it was a damn good run for you. Inspired many people that there is always a way IN.
    1. IMIX's Avatar
      IMIX -
      I imagine some of what he learned is how obnoxious people on the internet can be.
      of course, his attitude didn't help him with that much. He inadvertently brought much of that upon himself, sadly.
      But he's young, and smart, so he'll figure it out.
      Thanks for all your work and contributions man!
    1. brahby's Avatar
      brahby -
      wait, did i read that right? the picture was fake?!?
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      I still just think the guy is an attention whore, but to respond specifically to his comments:

      I'm a pretty tech savvy guy but like a lot of other people, this jailbreaking stuff is over our heads, so from that prospective I can only care when it benefits me, because saying you did some low level hack that enables you to bypass the flux capacitor means nothing to me. To me that's a hell of a compliment. I'm just a sheep that wants his iPhone to do cooler things than it was designed to do, or on networks it wasn't designed to do them on, and if you're capable of doing that then you're probably pretty ******* awesome, but at the same time you shouldn't tease **** you don't plan to release.

      But whatever. Meh right back at you.
    1. heavychevy's Avatar
      heavychevy -
      Quote Originally Posted by brahby View Post
      wait, did i read that right? the picture was fake?!?
      i dont think so, yesterday when i read his blog there was a "" at the end of that sentense.. seemed it got left off this post, or was erased?
    1. Homerunhita12's Avatar
      Homerunhita12 -
      apple probably paid him off
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Good riddance ******. We won't miss the attention whoring.
    1. captjap's Avatar
      captjap -
      Geohot you will be missed. Good luck in whatever is you will be doing.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1hihum View Post
      While the guy has made some very awesome contributions, he has at times seemed to be a bit of an *** in my book. He posts tweets/videos/etc about how quickly he cracked the iphone, how easy it is to beat Apple, and how slow other hackers are with delivering jailbreaks, and then gets pissy when he is hounded for his easy jailbreak. If you don't want the constant harrasment, then don't post that ****! That being said, I'm sure I would probably be something of an *** too if I was continuously harassed about jailbreaking the iphone.
      Spot on... always tweeting and posting about how easy it is, but then ******* when the community asks him to release.

      Seems to be a young, self absorbed narcissist to me. Only my humble online opinion though as I've never met the guy, but I do have the utmost respect for his abilities. Just wish he was more willing to share his gifts w/out all the whining.
    1. gafu's Avatar
      gafu -
      Quote Originally Posted by turdsmoka View Post
      A village has lost its idiot.
      And you sir,have been elected Mayor!(someone please place the turd hat on him please)

      Seriously though,he indeed leave his mark,and yes many "trolls" as some people call them are annoying,but it comes with the skill he has.Most of us are adult enough to ignore,and use common sense.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by frozenra1n View Post
      I almost cried.

      "I liked it when Linux wasn't 'cool' and only technosnobs used it and we could b1tchsl@ap anyone who didn't understand our dox when they asked for help."
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      I realized the frustration but let's have a little empathy GeoHot. People are naturally impatient. That's like a 15 y/o kid getting the newest basest car they've always wanted and just waiting til he can legally drive it. Itwould suck. No offense but GeoHots just acting like a child and being a little irrational. We all know you're a genius and a prodigy...you're not the only person in the community getting haggled for a release. Good luck brother...I'm sure you will be around.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Lol Geohot is cool but not releasing the jailbreak before he leaves if he has it is pretty a jerk move.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Farewell, man.
    1. tyroneshoe's Avatar
      tyroneshoe -
      You guys are all terrible.

      I don't care if geohot was the most obnoxious person on the face of the planet. I don't care if he was annoying, egotistical or any of the other complaints in this thread. The fact of the matter is that he worked hard to deliver free (as in food) jailbreaks to a community of total ingrates. He was altruistic in his efforts, never demanded a penny, and got treated like crap for it.

      This is a perfect example of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons"]the tragedy of the commons [/ame].