Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 18:05 UTC, submitted by narramissic
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the weekend Barnes & Noble's Nook was rooted and the hacking and developer community is hard at work bringing new functionality to adventurous Nook owners.
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by pooo on Tue 15th Dec 2009 21:16 UTC
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2006-04-22

I wonder why they didn't just sell it as an open android device to begin with. Would it have cost them any more? It certainly would have generated 10x the buzz with all the additional features. Would supporting it be any more than what is required for a phone?

Big companies confuse me.

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RE: why
by dagw on Tue 15th Dec 2009 21:31 in reply to "why"
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2005-07-06

I'm guessing it's a support issue. If playing around with the root account on the device was an official feature, I can imagine then being inundated with support calls from people bricking their devices. By making it an unofficial feature that you have to void the warranty to access, then they can avoid all those pesky support issues.

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RE: why
by Praxis on Tue 15th Dec 2009 22:11 in reply to "why"
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2009-09-17

They are selling it as an appliance, not a computing device. So they try to lock things down as much as possible, so people can't mess their device up by accident. Of course this limits it application as a more general device, but its not selling it as a general device.

I don't think it was limited it marketing appeal in any way though, this is being marketed to the general consumer, they are trying to take the Kindle head on. The number of people who would get excited by easy rooting are just not significant. I mean look at Nokia's n900 phone, you can gain root access just by typing sudo gainroot in a terminal. But I've never seen anyone make a big deal of this feature, people only make a big deal about rooting when your not allowed to, otherwise it gets ignored. Used by people who know what they are doing of course, but it certainly wouldn't get a story on os news.

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RE[2]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Wed 16th Dec 2009 06:53 in reply to "RE: why"
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2009-07-24

They are selling it as an appliance, not a computing device.


but the difference between those two things is rapidly becoming ephemeral...

Appliance makers need to (and if not, will, inevitably, be forced to) wake up to that fact.

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