Android (Re: 2020: Will BSD and Linux be relevant anymore?)

Jerome Herman jherman at
Mon Jul 25 00:26:59 UTC 2011

On 24/07/2011 15:41, perryh at wrote:
> There_is_  a development kit.  I have no idea what-all is involved
> in setting it up, but if someone were sufficiently motivated it
> would presumably be possible to develop an app to provide access
> to bash (and thence any other desired command-line tools).
Most androids phone already do have a quite useful and complete shell, 
the main problem is that most phone are actually root locked. Namely you 
cannot get any access to nay interesting without getting an "access denied".
There are tools that will break this "protection" and grant you root 
access on the phone, but they are to be used with caution, and most of 
the time you must first degrade your OS to an older version in order for 
them to work.

So the problem is not a missing app, it is more of the usual "vendor 
lock" stuff.

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