i've been waiting for the n1 to be sold in my country for quite some time now and after months we don't even have a release date. so i was reading some reviews of the desire which seems to be quite similar. before i like to decide if i'll buy a desire now or keep waiting for the n1 i'd like to understand the two philosophies though. did i get it right that 1) the desire once had an option to disable the sense ui and fallback to stock android but this option has been removed from retail devices lately? 2) for installing a rom not coming from htc on the desire the device has to be rooted first, which is, contrary to the n1, something that can only be achieved by motivated hackers as htc has not included an official option to do this? 3) once my desire was rooted, would i be able to install a stock android on it to cover those months where htc adapts sense to a new android release? or doesn't it work like that as the hardware is similar but not identical? 4) if it should work, where do i get a stock android image for installation? is it offered linux-like on different sites or does it depend on skilled people hacking it together in their spare time? as i have never experienced the difference between android and sense i'd like to use that unbiasedness to choose the right device from the beginning. i don't want to sacrifice freedom of choice for eye candy. if an htc product would impose limitations and dependencies to the goodwill of one supplier that would be contraproductive, as i'd like to get rid of exactly that by choosing the android platform in the first place instead of the iphone. if the desire was just a device with an optional extension that i could get rid of whenever i wanted and get back to the 'main branch' of android i guess my waiting time for google is over.