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[2]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Wed 16th Dec 2009 06:53 UTC 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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RE[4]: why
by WorknMan on Thu 17th Dec 2009 04:37 in reply to "RE[3]: why"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.


Yeah, I agree. Make it hackable for people who know what they're doing, but lock it down enough so that you keep the loaded gun out of reach just far enough so that Joe Sixpack doesn't hurt himself.

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RE[4]: why
by Ed W. Cogburn on Fri 18th Dec 2009 11:53 in reply to "RE[3]: why"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

I would *never* buy an e-reader that had a full android OS.


If you want to remain a total hostage to the OEM you are of course free to do so, but note that the author of TFA himself mentions 'that one feature' that he would like to have (but can't get as long as its locked-down).

I suspect the total number of folks wanting features that they can't get in the locked down version will typically be more than 0.01%, hence the pressure over the long term for the OEM's to open up their appliances (or at least make it easy for those who want out of the straight-jacket, to get out).

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RE[4]: why
by ari-free on Sun 20th Dec 2009 10:39 in reply to "RE[3]: why"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

it would be one thing to root a nook to run a terminal prompt but another to have a browser, pandora, notepad, etc

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