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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RE: why
by Praxis on Tue 15th Dec 2009 22:11 UTC in reply to "why"
Praxis
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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"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
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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RE[3]: why
by google_ninja on Wed 16th Dec 2009 20:14 in reply to "RE[2]: why"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

no its not. There will always be a certain kind of geek that will do this sort of thing, but locking it down is the right way to do it for the 99.9%. I would *never* buy an e-reader that had a full android OS.

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