What does the release of the 2.1 HTC Kernal mean for me?


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  1. ToxicToastKatz

    ToxicToastKatz Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    ok guys/gals....so I have been debating rooting and using Fresh 1.1 and was possibly going to do it over lunch today at work, however, i have a question:

    With HTC releasing the kernal for 2.1 for the Hero today, what does this mean for me (the unrooted Hero user looking forward to 2.1)?

    Is it any indication as to the update being released soon? I know the 99.9% answer to that is "it's up to Sprint to release it" and the 100% answer to that question is "your guess is as good as mine", but historically speaking, when the kernal for a build is released, what timeframe usually exists between kernal release and upgrade release? I guess the bigger question is, what exactly is a "kernal"?

    I know most everyone is going to say "root, once 2.1 is released, the cooks will have the rooted version available shortly after" or "root, and if it does come out, you can always flash back the stock RUU and upgrade OTA then", but the think is, I dont' want to root and then with my luck, 2.1 gets released next week :)

    Just looking for some insight/best guesses.

    Also, while on rooting, I actually brought a separate microSD card to make the Nandroid backup on. Is this a good/bad idea? Is the best way to do this to make a copy of the SD card on the PC, do the root and flash with a clean card) and then copy everything back to the card? I have an 8 GB card that is nearly full. Don't know how much space is required on the card to root/flash.
     

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  2. 702DROID

    702DROID Well-Known Member

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    first off its not the 2.1 kernel that was released it was the kernel we all have on our phones that came shipped with it 2.6.27....has nothing to do with the upgrade to 2.1 for non rooted users .....what that codes gives is the dev a backbone to start creating more stable roms out there including 1.6 and 2.0 and 2.1 roms ............as for space on the sd card you will need rom for the rom you intend to flash and the recovery img
     
  3. ToxicToastKatz

    ToxicToastKatz Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    cool...thanks for the insight. I never understood what that was about.

    as far as the room on teh SD card, would it be a bad thing to install the extra SD card ONLY FOR THE ROOT AND FLASH and then replace it with my current card that is in the phone?
     
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    as long as you dont plan on using apps 2 sd i think i should be fine ...worse case you would have to do a hard reset so make sure you have all your stuff backed up on both the phone and sd card
     
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    What is the kernel for? I don't have a rooted phone.

    Can someone tell me the benefits?
     
  6. 702DROID

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    nothing unless your a developer
     
  7. marcelo0292

    marcelo0292 Well-Known Member

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    Ohhhh alright thanks
     
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    durandetto Well-Known Member

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    Will This allow us to use overclockwidget eventually?
     
  9. 702DROID

    702DROID Well-Known Member

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    should :D
     
  10. mich0020

    mich0020 Well-Known Member

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    and perhaps a widget for brightness control???
     

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