I've been lurking the forums for a few weeks now, and figured I should just sign up. I got my Sprint HTC Hero a few weeks ago, as soon as I got it I rooted it. I'm still learning much about the android platform, but so far I LOVE IT. I'll be waiting to upgrade to 2.1 when it comes out though, I don't want to lose root! I've been debating on putting a ROM on my hero, but am pretty hesitant, because i do not want to lose all the apps I have downloaded. I will say that if for nothing else, root is nice just so that you can do a nandroid backup.