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Root Can somone explain "root" to me?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RadioRaiders, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. RadioRaiders

    RadioRaiders Member
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    Can someone explain, in a nutshell, what is "rooting"? Or maybe point me to a guide? I'm familiar with Linux, and I understand there are different user privileges, and I know Android is open-source so you can pop the hood and tweak what you want... I suppose that would be "rooting"? Someone took the Android source code, modified it in some ways, and re-distributed it? What are the benefits of that? I see alot of people "Overclocking" the processor, but I'm not sure it's a good idea to mess with that, as overclocking can burn out your processor. ..but anyway, besides that, what other reasons are there to "root"? ...and if I wanted to make my own custom version (ROM?) how do I do that? ...and would it be useable on all Android phones, or I guess just for one particular model? (ex: one ROM for Milestone, another for HTC G1, etc..)?)
    ...sorry for so many questions all at once!:eek:
     

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  2. TelusMilestone

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    Rooting is exactly what you thought it might be. Gaining super user privileges you wouldn't normally have access too.

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  3. RadioRaiders

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    Thanks. Is there any guide anywhere on how to root? I don't mean install someone elses modified ROM, but how to make my own? ...and would I need to make it for a specific device, or could I make one ROM than ran on several devices (eg. HTC, Moto, Samsung, etc..)
     
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    Indeed there is lots of guides on how to do it. Google is your friend ;)

    I'm still learning myself but I've taken several tweaks from other custom ROM's and applied them to my own ;) Never loved my phone more. So fast so sleek ... so sexy! :p
     

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