AT&T users, rejoice! Brief Mobile has been informed that user DesignGears, along with Getaphixx, has rooted the Motorola Atrix before its official release.

AT&T is notorious for restricting its users to only Market apps. Through rooting, however, non-Market apps can run via sideloading. These privileges also provide an easy way to free users of the bloated social-networking service MOTOBLUR and disable many other unnecessary applications.

Full instructions follow:

What you’ll need first:

  • .NET Framework 2.0 or Mono v1.2.6 (more information on Linux) (Windows XP: Download .NET Framework 2.0)
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7
    • Ubuntu Hardy (8.04 LTS)
    • Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04)
    • Ubuntu Karmic (9.10)
    • Ubuntu Lucid (10.04 LTS)
    • Ubuntu Maverick (10.10)
    • Debian Lenny (5.0)
    • Debian Squeeze (testing)
    • Debian Sid (unstable)
    • Debian Experimental
  • Install Motorola drivers on your computer
    • Mount the device for Media Sync.
    • Motorola Helper will install proper drivers.
  • Download Super One Click v1.6.5
  1. After installing the drivers, meeting the prerequisites, and downloading CLShortFuse’s Super One Click, proceed to the next step.
  2. Extract the Super One Click package to a folder on your computer
  3. Place your phone into USB Debugging mode
    • Menu >> Settings >> Applications >> Development >> Enable “USB debugging”
  4. Connect the device to your computer via USB cable
  5. Do NOT mount your device’s SD card
  6. Run the Super One Click program
  7. Simply click the “Root” button in Super One Click
  8. Before rebooting, click “Allow Non Market Apps”
  9. Reboot your device

Unfortunately, unlocking the bootloader is still in limbo at the moment - it appears that Motorola has signed the Atrix's bootloader just like it did to the Defy. Thus, custom ROMs aren’t on the menu just yet. 

Source: Brief Mobile