How many of you will root their device?

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Absolutely. Already working on it. The alldroids exploit has quite a bit of potential. I have to find myself a linux box, but I'm getting what I can done with the Win 7 driver.
 

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check out the "why?" thread

I'm a newb with Android but what will rooting do?

Rooting allows one to modify and tweak the phone in a wide variety of ways. From themes, alternative fonts and custom system apps to heavily modded complete operating systems. I can't wait to get a CyanogenMod or similar ROM on my Droid. :)
 

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If I could dual boot with debian.... oh the possibilities...

this is possible on the G1 so once we have root all your dreams will come true

If i can mod my droid to teleport me to work... OMFG that would be awesome! lol :D:icon_ banana::icon_ banana:

hahaha ROOT CAN DO THAT TOO! i kid bu that would be flippin sweet. anyone have a more up-to-date status on root for us? i dont understand much about kernel exploits and the likes. i want to know when i can start having fun on android again!
 

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I'm a newb with Android but what will rooting do?

Rooting allows one to modify and tweak the phone in a wide variety of ways. From themes, alternative fonts and custom system apps to heavily modded complete operating systems. I can't wait to get a CyanogenMod or similar ROM on my Droid. :)

Also new, but since the OS is open source, shouldn't "rooting" be a fairly simple task? Even more, shouldn't that be an option in the first place for open source?
 

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it's a little more complicated than that

Also new, but since the OS is open source, shouldn't "rooting" be a fairly simple task? Even more, shouldn't that be an option in the first place for open source?

The underlying operating system (Android) is open source, but the implementations are not necessarily and a lot of the software that is actually in the phone is not open source either. The drivers are generally proprietary to the handset maker or the manufacturer of the individual hardware components and a lot of the UI software and custom apps are proprietary too. Even the "Google experience" apps cannot be distributed without Google's consent, hence the reason for their cease and desist letter to Cyanogen a little while ago.

Luckily there are legal (or at least tolerated) ways around most of the hurdles that these non-open-source bits of code create and eventually folks will certainly figure out how to gain root access on the Droid just they do with every other mobile device. I don't really understand why the handset makers and mobile carriers want to make the devices so difficult to crack if they know folks will do it eventually. If Motorola or Verizon has somehow figured out how to make the phone unrootable (or so difficult to root that no one will be able to do it outside of the most diehard modders) it will only be there loss, as I for one will not keep an Android phone that can't be readily modified and will just switch back to T-Mo and I imagine others might do the same.
 

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i definatly want to root my device but will only do it once a known working restore file is created so i can bring my device back to original.
 
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