When it comes to the channel to get jailbreak apps and tweaks, it has always been about Cydia. In fact for many years now, jailbreaking is pretty much synonymous with Cydia. However, it seems that there is an alternative to Cydia called iMods which is under works. In another interesting development, well-known jailbreak hacker Nicholas Allegra a.k.a Comex has joined the iMods team.
For the uninitiated, Comex is the author of the jailbreak tools JailbreakMe and Spirit, which are known as some of the easiest tools to use for jailbreaking. Later on his jailbreaking career, he was able to land a job in Apple but later left. Afterwards, he also was able to work with Google. As you might have guessed, this man’s credentials are nothing to scoff at.
Comex has joined the iMods team and is now developing a Cydia Substrate (formerly called Mobile Substrate) alternative called Substitute. In case you don’t know, Cydia Substrate is the powerful framework utilized to power most jailbreak tweaks and apps in iOS.
The iMods team is not able to use Cydia Substrate since it is not open source. On top of that, it seems that Saurik is not keen on supporting the team. Comex has his reasons for working on the alternative for Cydia Substrate and he has written it on library’s Github page. Here’s what he has to say:
[T]his one is more subjective, but it’s also probably the most important. The way I see it, jailbreaking is fundamentally about taking something closed and fixed and opening it up to hacking and modification: perhaps allowing a mess to be made, but quite possibly ending up with something unique and different. This ideal of openness is very similar to that of free software, and I therefore believe that it’s in the spirit of jailbreaking to make as much low-level stuff open as possible, both for inspection and modification by curious users (who, after gaining knowledge that way, might end up becoming quite valuable to the community). Polished tweaks that are sold commercially are one thing (although they too benefit from general openness, especially the ones with a lot of reverse engineering behind them, since the same reverse engineering can often support multiple use cases), but the underlying framework is another – especially since it’s free of charge, removing at least the most obvious motivation for closing source.
Not many people have taken iMods quite seriously but with Comex onboard, it gives the team a lot more credibility. At this time, Substitute is still pretty much on the earlier stages, not even on alpha yet. But if iMods will indeed push through, it will be interesting how it will influence the landscape of the jailbreak scene.
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