Login to OSNews
Username or Email
B&N's Nook Has Been 'Rooted'
on Tue 15th Dec 2009 18:05 UTC, submitted by
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.
Thread beginning with comment 400455
To view parent comment,
To read all comments associated with this story, please
Ed W. Cogburn
on Sat 19th Dec 2009 19:56 UTC in reply to "
So here is the thing, an e-reader is not a good general computer.
Depends on the design of the gadget.
I do understand the drive to pull things apart and see how they work, but I was responding to a comment that a full android install should be on these things.
I wasn't talking about geeks, my initial post here was on the fundamental issue of whether locking things down will be viable in the long run as these gadgets get more powerful.
As for whatever 'a full Android install' means, I never mentioned that, the post I initially responded to didn't either, and besides, we're talking here about gadgets that already have a full OS on them anyway - the question is how much of that capability is locked away from the user.
The author of TFA doesn't seem to be a geek, but even he thinks it would be a great thing to be able to look up references (via Google/Wiki) while reading an ebook. A well-designed gadget could easily do this, if its creator chooses to let its users do so.
In the long run, it will be these kind of 'power users', a much larger segment of the userbase, rather than the hack-it-apart geeks, that will force OEMs to make more flexible, less-locked-down gadgets. It will, however, be the those geeks who show the 'power users' what is possible (much like the author of TFA is now waiting to see what can be done with a rooted Nook).
Sign Up For The OSNews Newsletter!
Friends & Fans
OSNews Privacy Statement
Notice to Bulk Emailers
© 1997-2017 OSNews Inc. All Rights Reserved. OSNews and the OSNews logo are trademarks of OSNews.
Source Code © 2007-2017,
, except where noted
Reader comments are owned by the poster. We are not responsible for them in any way.
All trademarks, icons, and logos shown or mentioned in this web site are the property of their respective owners.
OSNews.com uses icons from the
© 2008 John Resig
Reproduction of OSNews stories is permitted only with explicit authorization from OSNews. Reproductions must be properly credited.