I've watched the rooting procedures emerge on the Nook Color and the Optimus V over the past 8 months or so, but can someone clarify ... What are the typical procedure(s) when a new device emerges? A short description of each would be much appreciated. For example: 1) Get Clockwork recovery running on the new device. I assume this is the backup image of the original system that can be restored in the event of a blown rooting attempt, and can fix a slightly screwed up system all the way to a completely "bricked" device. 2) Create a rooted ROM, that can be downloaded and applied to the device (in some fashion). I'm not really sure what this is, or what's involved, but it appears that a rooted Android device basically removes the manufacturer's software limitations, making the device's software pure Android. 3) As time passes, improvements are made to the ROM to fix things that aren't working. Each device has many capabilities, varying hardware, and I watched issues crop up with early ROMs on the Nook Color. I also noted that as interest on the device waned, some of the outstanding fixes may never get repaired, or workarounds would be implemented. Eventually, the ROM programmers would move on to another device and disappear from the forum. Is this pretty much the basic procedure for Android devices? If you've been involved in the programming end of this in the past, what other things occur along the way?