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

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Jul 25 17:16:10 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 02:27:08AM +0200, Jerome Herman wrote:
> 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.

It's worse than that.  Android does not, by default, give access to some
very basic tools to which even non-root users are accustomed to having
access.  Consider cat, for instance.

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

There's that -- but there's also a lot of missing applications.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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