New(?) jargon using the verb, _root_

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Sun Nov 18 23:32:55 UTC 2012

Not new among us geeks. Folks have been 'rooting' their phones for three or four years at least. I rooted my Palm Pre shortly after I got it four years or so ago. I haven't rooted my iPhone 4S because that voids the warranty. But it does allow you to run cool stuff that Apple doesn't want you to run.


Geoffrey S. Nathan
Faculty Liaison, C&IT
and Professor, Linguistics Program
+1 (313) 577-1259 (C&IT)

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> Subject: New(?) jargon using the verb, _root_

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> "[The Google] Nexus 4 has already been _rooted_."

> "For those who don’t know,

> _Android-rooting_ is _the process of gaining access to the Google
> operating system’s subsystem_.

> The point is usually to overcome limitations put in place by carriers
> and hardware manufacturers, allowing the user to alter or replace
> system applications and settings, run apps that require
> administrator-level permissions, and even completely replace the
> device’s operating system."


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