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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by loader, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. loader

    loader Newbie
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    I would like to root the Fire HD 10 7th generation, Fire OS (654620620). Can someone please help me with this? I would even be happy running just Linux Mint but prefer to just root and run launcher with updates disabled. Thanks!

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

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  3. loader

    loader Newbie
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    Thank you for the fast response! This all sounds a bit Greek to me though. I have a laptop I plan on running Linux Mint (Cinnamon) on but that's to learn Linux. I don't know it yet.

    He says that I would be required to temporarily brick my tablet since I have the version I do. Ugh... I wish there was a step by step "for dummies" video tutorial available.

    Rooting Android use to be so simple.

    Not sure what I'll do.
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  4. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I wish I could--but it's been seven years since I rooted my Kindle Fire HD 8.9", turning it into a normal Android tablet. I know that rooting Android, in general, has gotten harder since then.

    By the way--as everyone here can tell you! :D--I only use Linux. Mint is nice, but my default is Kubuntu, which I've used since 2005. If you're not set on Mint, you might want to give it a try.
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    that is why you have us here. any questions you have please feel to ask. now i would recommend that you read up with the guide as well as the 100 or so pages within the thread. you can gleam some good info from those posts.

    i do not have your device so i have not tried to root it. it does look a bit complicated and i am not well versed in linux. but we do have some great folks that understand linux better then i do.

    the key is to do your research first. DO NOT take the plunge and try to root without understanding the process as best as you can.
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  6. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

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  7. loader

    loader Newbie
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    Ok... It's been a little while and my objectives have completely changed. I'm not worried about root unless it is required to do something I mention. I would be okay with any of the following options and preferably the ability to easily choose which option I want.

    I reset my tablet to factory, reinstalled everything. I've got Google Play on there as I had before and I've installed all of the apps that I really use with a few exceptions that won't allow me to install them because it's technically not an Android device. That's pretty annoying and worthy of placing an Amazon Sucks comment here. Moving on, I'm using the fire launcher but actually I really only use that middle homepage. I never scroll to the right, left, up or down so it's easy to ignore those other pages. I have everything organized into folders which keeps things tidy and efficient. See below for a peek.

    First I well tell you what I would like to change in the current configuration which isn't a lot but enough to be annoying.

    1. The lock screen. If my tablet is locked why does a stranger or someone I may know have the ability to take photos, activate or deactivate my Bluetooth connection and log me into or out of a network by simple moving around within the lock screen itself. If you presented this to me as a software/OS developer I would laugh you out of the room and have you make me a sandwich. There is no options for changing any of this. It's only your tablet with your personal information on it, don't sweat it.

    2. The microphone. It's there and can be accessed using the fire keyboard or homepage search feature among other things... but the keyboard is one of the biggest annoying problems I'm facing and what I mean by that is I want the ability to use voice to text for searching and typing. I guess because I'm lazy like most people that are relying on this very common feature. I don't care for the fire keyboard. For one I like a number row which it doesn't allow and it lacks features but I won't get in the weeds on it. If you install Microsoft Swiftkey it says you need to install Google voice search, which you can't. If you install Google Gboard it tells you to install the latest version to use the voice to text... which you just installed. Again... Amazon Sucks.

    I'm sure there are other annoying features or lack of features that are not coming to mind right now because those two are the main ones that are bothering me at the moment. Now onto option 2!

    Option 2: Wipe Fire OS and run Linux Mint Cinnamon on the tablet. I've read that Android is actually based off of Linux. I'm not sure how feasible this would be because Fire OS is based off of Android and we see the problems it has dealing with Android.

  8. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    I would never let Norton anywhere near any of my devices (Linux for PCs or Android/Fire tablets. Neither would I bother with those 'speed boosters' - These things can actually get in the way of Android's proper memory management. Android tries to use as much memory as possible, aggressively clearing memory to minimise usage can slow thigs down as some Apps and services will need to be reloaded, instead of sitting in memory ready for use. This can also impact battery life.
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  9. MoodyBlues

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    Android is a Linux. Not just in my humble opinion, but two of the most important sources:

    "Android is a Linux distribution according to the Linux Foundation,[183] Google's open-source chief Chris DiBona,[184]..."

    -- source

    You're guaranteed to get arguments about that, but...whatever! Having used UNIX and then Linux for 35 years, I know a *nix system when I see one. I'm typing on one right now--my Android phone. :)

    Everything you want to do on your Kindle, and then some, are doable on my Kindle but, as I said, I rooted it and turned it into a regular Android tablet. I strongly disliked its UI, and really disliked not being able to use the apps and features I knew it could support...if not locked down by Amazon.

    I don't agree with you, however, that Amazon sucks. They put out a line of products with a distinct purpose in mind, and the products do that well. But for someone like me, who wanted a real Android tablet, it just wouldn't do. So I changed it. :D
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  10. loader

    loader Newbie
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    The only reason I have Norton installed is it's the only one I could find in the moment that was free and free of ads. Ads drive me nuts. I actually use Bitdefender on all of my devices including this tablet.

    Those boosters are installed with the Fire tablet from Amazon. I didn't install them. You would hope they understood what they were for and put limits to what they did when they put them in the OS.

    Edit:You know what I think I did download those boosters, through Amazon apps though not Google Play. Anyway, they've never seemed to pose any problems.
    #10 loader, Jul 25, 2020
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  11. loader

    loader Newbie
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    If Android is Linux and Fire is Android is Fire Linux? :D

    I don't know Linux yet but hoping to get a cheap used laptop to run it on soon. Until then I don't really feel comfortable rooting this tablet. I suppose I'll tolerate it the way it is for a little while longer. It's still annoying and we'll just have to agree to disagree that Amazon Sucks! :)

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