Mountain, please provide source code for mk-blindcontrol firmware


#1

@Mountain, would you be so kind to provide the source code for your firmware? I have searched for it and according to your website you have released it under the GPL but I cannot find it anywhere.

There are many reasons that this would be good:

  1. Being able to inspect the source code of firmware gives much more peace of mind that it is safe to flash
  2. The community can help with merge requests for additional features
  3. It can be extended to work with other microcontrollers (e.g. ESP32)
  4. The community can learn from what you have done and it can help other projects
  5. If you are no longer able to support it others can take over

Thanks for the work you have done!


#2

@Mountain with all due respect, I have to say you not at least replying in any way to this request disappointed me.

What greatly alarmed me is that 4 days after my above request you just removed any mention of being released under the GPL and that was literally the only change to your website. I understand if you have objections to releasing your software code base and don’t honor your previous claim of supporting open source software, but ideally you would respond instead of just wiping it from your site.

Speaking of your website, it is clearly a Lorem Ipsum placeholder site, where menu items don’t go anywhere and fill-in-the-text paragraphs are all over the place. A large amount of images on your website appear to be lifted from other sites.

When searching for “Mountain Eagle Technology” the only search results that come up are for a company in Shenzhen, China, not Australia like stated on your website.

After I do more forensic analysis on network communication, I will be removing your software from the one device that I had sandboxed as it doesn’t appear like you want to address this.

I take security and that of the home automation community very seriously. I hope you have no nefarious intentions, but at this time I have no choice but to treat your actions as greatly suspect. If this is not the case, I apologize and please let me know what I have wrong.


#3

In reply to you message . my company is real and is not china, you should do a abn lookup, that is australia based and you will find a ABN number belonging to my company Mountain Eagle Technologies, I to pay GST and tax on my company to the ATO, Yes my website does contain images obtained from the web that I found that are great and was looking good in designing my own web site etc. And more work is required on web site.
Also note I have not charged the end user for this software… it is all free and released when I improve and release
I have removed the GPL from the software as it is not ready to be uploaded to github…I have had some issues to making this happen with github…Basically no one wants to help me in writing the required posting for it. …so I have given up on that avenue,as advised .
I will give you the code via my own means, it is available on my website already.

If you want to forensic analysis what I have developed then fine…
Yes I do take home security automation very seriously , that way I have removed all my home automation from the cloud and china based systems

I took the time in Australia to take this software to a new level, which I have done, it was needed…I have spent hours in research and development and writing code to bring it to this level, at no cost to the end user…its free because I believe in supplying a alternative to home automation that everyone can have access too , If you want to put me down the its your choice, and you want to remove the software from your platform then so be it.
This software has no virus or malware or hacking crap embedded…
I develop this software as a side line to my-business as IT consultant and Home automation enthusiast.

I needed the original firmware to do more for me, so I developed it and decided to share it freely to this forum, which others do use. and I still support and upgrade today…
V8 will is my final release

Look further in you Google search, not the 1st one you see which is china and and limited company.
try the next one which is scott street Shoalhaven Heads NSW Australia…

Remeber google’s not always correct.

this is my ABN 35 344 646 434
Look it up…in Australia
Also call the Australian Business Registrar and ASCIS

My website is in development as I am writing the site as I go…Why pay a company thousands !!!
I am having a go and sharing, and do support what I do…what more do you want!!!

I did seek legal advise on GPL since you raised it, advised to remove until I officially release it to GitHub or similar platform. Yes this advise did cost me money thats why it is removed from the help file.

My advise to you is re-flash to version 2 which is GPL under MK-SMATHOUSE and receive all upgrades and support from that site which is also includes source code as descriptive in my help file and disclosed fully as the original author of V2


#4

@mountain, first off, as I said previously I would apologize. I am sorry that I raised concern over what I perceived as a suspect situation. I honestly meant no personal offense and I am sorry if you felt that I was attacking you personally, that was not my goal. I have the best intention to keep this community and myself safe. Professionally I have had to defend against malicious foreign state actors and there are indications that throw flags when dealing with any kind of cybersecurity.

Further, I thank you for replying, I appreciate you engaging in this conversation. The other times I have seen people ask for the code it appeared the request has been ignored, which I feared would happen here, or it was waved away taking the conversation in a different direction. This is the reason I made this post to try and engage you directly. When you did not respond, but simply took away mention to the GPL with no other information it seemed odd to me and why I wrote my last message.

I hope that this conversation can be helpful and constructive for all. Also, please rest assured that I was not insulting your website, it did however show signs that are commonly used by sites that are thrown up in a way often employed by phishing expeditions.

I value the fact that you offer your software free of charge, at no cost to the end user. What I have seen of it, it looks very well done and with much more features than what was in the original firmware. It is one of the reasons I think opening up the source code could be great for all!

Like you I am a technologist as well, unlike you I am only just now starting to program microcontrollers and am just a hobbyist. Currently I am running firmware I wrote on my non-sandboxed ESP8266s. I have had quite a bit of experience using, releasing and supporting open source software. I am sorry you have not folks willing to help you post to Github. I would be more than happy to help you if you would allow me to do so.

I will understand if you don’t want to discuss any further but my hope is that you will welcome collaboration. Thanks for the work you have done, and the time you took to respond.


#5

Thank you for the apology.
I used google to show me a movie on gethub, creating your 1 st project …
Having another go to get it up on github platform…
Stay tuned …


#6

That is great, I look forward to hearing more about it!