G-Slate Gets Rooted, Makes Tablet Even More Interesting
By Elizabeth Fish
After waiting until April 20th for T-Mobile’s G-Slate release, you have decided to make it a little more interesting by rooting it (you’ve already paid at least $530 for it; may as well tinker tinker a little). Fortunately, the XDA Developers crew have come through once again with a root method for the tablet.
The root comes courtesy of XDA member “Chandon,” and uses Linux to mount the system; this is because of the difficulties surrounding ext4 files and Windows, whereas Android and Linux share the filesystem. The root generally involves a lot (19 steps) of mounting and umounting particular files once you have installed Chandon’s files and restarted your G-Slate, though the forum thread’s feedback is pretty positive–provided you don’t use Virtual Box to root.
Chandon doesn’t seem 100 percent content with the current root, and is looking to make it even easier and include Windows machines in the root. There are also suggestions that the tablet can also be dual-booted to run both Ubuntu and Windows, which would make the tablet impressive to show off.
If the possibilty of the Honeycomb 3.1 update on the G-Slate is tempting, you can remove the root using a root removal applications available in the Android Market.
If you and a confident rooter and want to give it a try, head over to the XDA Forums and follow the steps carefully.