Originally Posted by chulri
why should we throw the player away by making a custom rom?
For the Archos 5IT (gen 7) around 60mb of the 256 mb RAM is always dedicated to the AVOS archos media player, leaving only ~196 for the android OS. I don't have a gen8 product yet, but i would be surprised if there was any difference here (anyone can confirm?). A clean android build would thus allow you to use the full 256 mb of RAM for your android experience.
Also, because of all the hard work archos has done integrating their media player into the OS, it might be easier and quicker for a 3rd party to come up with an AVOS-free gingbread or honeycombe release than for Archos to release an official one themselves. It is also possible that omitting Archos' media player might allow for a less buggy an snappier OS which would make better use of the hardware and provide a better android experience.
Finally, with a multiboot situation (which is currently possible with the gen 7's) you would not need to throw away the player as the original OS remains intact and available. However, I would agree that there might be little benefit of a home-made pure gingerbread release over an AVOS enabled froyo release by archos (i would personally not be bothered here but can see that someone else might).
why lose archos media player for a custom ROM?
Better pure android experience
no need to throw away archos media player anyway with a multiboot setup.
to see what has been done with gen7's you can read up on openaos.org