So how long before we see a rooted DROID?

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    hmm... this does sound entertaining! i can't ever leave well enough alone. i'll be all over this as soon as i figure it out..!
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    So it is basically like jailbreaking an iPhone?
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    ehhhh kinda but more involved.... installing a new rom is basically installing a new custom built OS with a new custom look. Usually written by some teenager in a basement or garage with a case of redbull next to him.
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    sounds dangerous. sign me up.
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    the ones ive seen for the G1 are quite stable... no issues with some of more well known ones.
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    I'm challenging myself to see how long I can use the phone the way it comes... ;)

    I think there's going to be several perks to rooting it, but hopefully it will be good enough as is. Who am I kidding? It could always be better. LOL!
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    I'm surprised to not see Cyanogen's name mentioned here. As far as I know he is sort of king when it comes to rooting android phones (although he sticks to HTC and T-Mobile so we may be out of luck) I'm drooling over his most recent release:

    [ROM] CyanogenMod - Keeping You Legal For Less (STABLE) [UPDATED 10/31 - v4.2.3.1] - xda-developers

    I'm so bummed this won't work on the Droid (well obviously, we don't want to go backwards to Android 1.6) but still, look at all the fixes and improvements:

    * Based on Android 1.6, many bugfixes and enhancements from AOSP, XDA, and me
    * Highly optimized kernel with many extra modules
    * Enhanced ramdisk which uses optimal mount options and smart startup
    * Includes E2FSProgs for checking and converting Ext filesystems
    * Apps2SD is automatic! All you need is a second partition (ext).
    * Launcher with 5 screens and auto-orientation and compact drawer layout
    * Clean filesystem shutdown at poweroff/reboot, and fsck at boot (no FS corruption!)
    * Includes T-Mobile IM application, Amazon MP3 store, and Work Email (MS Exchange support)
    * Does not require "DangerSPL"
    * Includes a massive APN list
    * Maximum CPU scaling frequency set to 528MHz with latency tweaks
    * Various enhancements to the Settings app including extra partition space
    * Phone app enhancements by cytown
    * Loccy's "BetterBrowser"
    * MMS enhancements from rgv151
    * FLAC audio support thanks to kroot
    * Bluetooth OBEX support from Erin Yueh
    * USB tethering support (kernel code ported by Zinx)
    * Commandline extras: powertop, htop, nano, busybox, openvpn
    * Ability to lock home app in memory (control in Spare Parts app)

    It takes all of the individual hacks, improvements, apps, speed tweaks and bug fixes that are out there and puts them all into one integrated rom that works perfectly... so much better than stock.

    All hope is not lost though, someone asked him on Twitter if he would consider porting it or making one for the Droid and he said if someone got him a GSM version (for which there is going to be one very soon in Canada) he would probably do it. we need to start a fund ASAP!
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    Good LORD!
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    would this be the same process for the verizon droid? also what is the point of the phone being rooted??
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    Cyanogen does have the best roms hopefully he see's the potential and decides to release something for the DROID
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    I was an early adopter of the G1 (have had it one year now), and my phone is rooted with a Cyanogen mod on it. I really like the Android OS, and intend to stick with it.

    I would like to upgrade to an Android phone with a faster processor and a physical keyboard, so I am very interested in the droid. In the process of my research I was very happy to stumble upon this forum. I will be watching carefully after the droid's release to see if it gets rooted, and more importantly, if there is a stable rom(s) available for it, such as Cyanogen, who as someone mentioned, is the recognized King of modders for the G1.

    If the droid can be rooted, and if stable roms become available for it, then I will likely cancel my contract with T-Mobile and jump to Verizon to get the droid. If there is no rooting and/or stable roms available, I will not be interested in the least in the droid, and I will wait to see what advanced Android phone with a keyboard that T-Mo might come up with later. It is that important to me, for all the advantages others have mentioned in this thread, and for one more reason I didn't see -- Cyanogen's mods give you 5 home screens instead of the OEM 3 home screens, which I find just adequate for my most-used application icons, widgets, and so on that I keep on my home screens.

    Fingers crossed for successful droid rooting and stable roms ...
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    my questions is do you really need that many screens.... i have a feeling ill just use 1 possibly 2 but i doubt it unless i use 1 just for widgets.
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    That is what I am anticipating doing as well.. I don't think there are enough apps that I use to fill up two screens, much less three.
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    Once you get an Android phone, you might be surprised how many useful apps you find, and how many of those that you find you want on your home screens. That has been my experience at least.

    As I said, the extra home screens is just one of many advantages of rooting. Others mentioned most of the other advantages earlier in this thread.
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    5 would be the max I think I would ever need.
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    Once the phone is rooted, we should be able to sync Cyanogen's GitHub and build Cyanogen Rom for the Droid.

    He's already stated (via Twitter) that once the source for 2.0 is released by Google, he'll be forking an experimental ROM built on 2.0.

    (http://forum.xda-developers.com has a TON of info on Android hacking...too bad they aren't going to have a forum for the Moto Droid)
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    i guess you have a point.... i just like simple and clean..
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    I can't wait to get it rooted. Fans of linux should understand why this is important. It's going to be pretty close to a palm sized desktop computer for me.
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    It shouldn't take terribly long at all to get this bad boy rooted.

    New devices are rooted all the time so just need a talented developer to come over and work their magic.
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    The sprint hero has been rooted

    CDMA Hero Root status? - Page 21 - xda-developers

    Its just a matter of time now. I believe the kernal versions are the same, so the hack should work for the Droid as well. I am not willing to test it on my device yet, soe hopefully someone else is willing.