It appears that HTC has gotten quite wise in the ways of the open market, releasing this week the kernel source for the HTC ThunderBolt. For those of you who know what this means, head below for the link directly connecting you to the files you’ll be needing to hack up the world. For those of you that don’t, let me break it down as simply as it needs to be broken down: between the applications you use and the hardware you use your applications on, there’s a kernel. A kernel is the central component of your Android operating system – with it, you can do just about anything.

Why ladies and gentlemen of the hacker and developer community ought to be excited about this news bit is that with the HTC ThunderBolt kernel, they’ll be able change and edit basically anything inside the phone, creating custom kernels as well as ROMs to suite even the most wildly finicky smartphone users desires. You can grab the kernel for yourself over at HTC’s Developer Center where they’ve very generously provided it.

If and when you do download this kernel and find wonderful things or decide to develop with it, creating wonderful dreams and nightmares of builds for the HTC ThunderBolt, please feel free to let us know, we’d be glad to explore what you’ve got and write up a post about it! On the other hand, you could also post your tinkering over in our [HTC ThunderBolt Portal] in the discussion forums!

[via XDA]