A group of users by the name of the "Dark Forces Team" over at XDA-Developers forum have cooked a custom ROM again, this time for Windows Phone. Just a fortnight ago, they managed to flash the RTM build of Mango (7720) on an HD7 and now, DFT has released the RSPL/HSPL tools for the platform, which enables "ROM Chefs" to build custom ROMs for their (and many others') Windows Phone devices.
It's a big step in many ways, even if more symbolic, just because of the difficulty in working with Microsoft's more "locked down" OS and bootloader.
Currently, the tool is only limited to only HTC phones, specifically HTC Mozart, the HTC Surround, the HTC HD7, the HTC Spark/Trophy, and the HTC 7 Pro, but no love the for the Sprint Arrive nor Verizon Trophy.
HSPL stands for Hard Secondary Program Loader which is modified in the tools to disable the carrier ID check and the NBH signature that forces only official images to have the ability to flash onto devices.
For those who aren't sure, 'RSPL/HSPL are used in the process of flashing custom ROMs. The XDA Developers thread puts a lot of basic introduction into exactly what these terms mean. Essentially, the release of the new SPLs will allow chefs to bring custom Windows Phone 7 ROMs to the majority of the HTC Windows Phone 7 devices.'
Details and instructions are available over at XDA Developers.
[Via: WindowsPhone Hacker]