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What does rooting mean?

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Initial post: Oct 23, 2011 10:57:58 PM PDT
Nihilistine says:
I see it a lot in the topics but don't know what it means.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 11:03:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011 11:03:55 PM PDT
A. says:
Rooting = Altering the software of a device to release it from certain restrictions imposed by the original manufacturer, giving the owner fuller control/capabilities. Synonym: jailbreak.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 11:07:45 PM PDT
Alan M says:
do you mean the Australian meaning

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 11:18:55 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 11:28:32 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 24, 2011 1:12:13 AM PDT
Steve Thomas says:
Under Unix/Linux, just about everything is a file. Your monitor is mounted as a file, your keyboard is mounted as a file, your ports are mounted as files, etc., and your computer system is organized as a "tree" of directories, each of which can contain other directories, and files. The base of the tree, the directory that holds everything else, is the "root" directory, and the person who is the "superuser" on the system traditionally logs in as "root" because the one who controls the root directory controls everything.

When an unauthorized user gains control ("pwns") a system, he has "rooted" the system. Implicit in the "rooting" terminology is the idea that you're doing something that you aren't supposed to do. Your warranty is probably worthless if you do. On the other hand, it's YOUR system, and if you want to root it, you're certainly allowed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2012 12:54:58 PM PST
Would rooting my kindle let me get apps and stuff for free like it does on iphones/ipods?

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 1:19:07 PM PST
FranB says:
It might. It might also void your warranty. Folks, if you don't know what your doing, sometimes even when you do, rooting a device can also brick it. And if you know what a brick is, then no further description is necessary. Be careful out there.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 1:22:05 PM PST
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