29
Nov
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the only Android-based tablet worth considering. But is it? That question is now up in the air since Barnes and Noble's $250 NOOKcolor, an Android-based e-reader, has been rooted. While before the deed was done it was just that - an e-reader - it's now taken on a life of its own, a life complete with Angry Birds:

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The procedure is still a bit complicated (as you'll see for yourself below), but it's definitely a start - until z4Root, SuperOneClick, or some other one-click solution becomes available, I've got a feeling this is your best bet. It will only get better from here, especially once the device starts seeing its first ROMs.

Instructions follow:

[04:00:25] <[mbm]> http://www.multiupload.com/R6U2NEMXHI <- uImage
[04:02:27] <[mbm]> http://www.multiupload.com/MJY8SS8BAB .. there's the sdcard image
[04:03:10] <[mbm]> dd to an sdcard, wait for fastboot and then run 'fastboot boot uImage' with the previous file
[04:04:03] <[mbm]> when the kernel boots there will be a serial and ethernet device on usb
[04:04:29] <[mbm]> ethernet runs telnet and ssh
[04:04:37] <[mbm]> serial is a getty
[04:13:54] <[mbm]> usb ethernet on the nook is 192.168.2.2
So what you get is a new usb interface called usb0 (on both the nook and your linux box)
set the linux box's usb0 to 192.168.2.1 and you should be able to ssh to the nook on 192.168.2.2. root has no password. takes a long time to generate ssh keys so be patient.

Sources: XDA-developers (1) (2) via Gizmodo

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://Kittyhooch.com Eric Laffoon

    Do you hate the French or do you just have your head in the sand? I'm writing this from my Archos 70, a 7 inch tablet I bought for $275 and tomorrow I get my Archos 101, a 10.1 inch tablet. Tell me they aren't worth buying. But first review them... If you can find them in stock.

    • Greg

      Yeah saw some of their tablets and 2 are defo worth considering. Can't remember models names sadly.

      Although I don't know they come with the stock android market or the archos one.

      • Dave P

        They come with the Archos Market but there's an app available on the Archos Fans forum that installs the full Google Market and other Google apps with a single click. Definitely easier than rooting the Nook.

        • mike i

          and Android 2.2 update was just released today. One question does the 70 have a GPS, I thought it didn't? how does Google Maps work with no GPS?

    • mike i

      how do you like the 70? my wife wanted an ereader and I was pushing for a more functional tablet like the Archos 70.

  • Robert

    No 3G is a tablet deal killer...this counts for the Nook and for the whole french Archos range.
    No 3G. NO DEAL! NO BUY!

    cheers

  • riffraff

    Why is 3G so mandatory? Why would I want to pay $50-$100/month for a 3G account when I am almost NEVER out of range of a wifi access point? I don't understand the fascination with 3G on a tablet.

  • rogerms

    3G would be a deal breaker for me, I already have that on my phone. I'm waiting for the Archos 70 that I've ordered to arrive.

  • Thorn

    3g is free on the 199 Nook.

    Nice the Color is rooted already. That is B&N's failure here. If it came already more app friendly, with the free 3g...that 250 price would be phenomenal...heck make it 299 and it still would dominate the iPad's cost/features.

    • Poor

      3g to buy book is free, don't expect to do full speed browsing on their back. troll alert!