Well, that didn't take long. Only two weeks after Barnes and Noble's Nook e-Book reader hit the shelves, hackers have already posted instructions for converting the machine into an Android tablet PC with a free cellular Internet connection. And while no applications currently exist for the reset reader, that's sure to change.
The instructions for breaking the Nook first appeared on the wiki nookDevs, and involve physically taking the device apart and reprogramming the microSD card containing the operating system. Since the Nook runs on Google's open source operating system Android, developing applications for the device shouldn't be too hard.
However, before you all start cracking your Nooks, a word of caution. Not only does rooting the Nook void the warranty, but it requires a not insignificant familiarity with Linux. So unless you're comfortable with programing, poking around the Nook could very well just leave you with a broken e-reader without a warranty. Plus, as iPhone users discovered earlier in the year, cracking these devices can often leave them more vulnerable to security breeches.
It's cool they did this as fast as they did but with the price of these things you may as well buy a netbook (which is also crap) the only real benefit in cracking your nook seems to be the free cellular internet.
Gotta love the hackers. B&M will probably put a stop to it somehow, but you have to love it when people stick it to the corp.
All of my computers run on Linux, it's very easy to use these days. Even hacking my zaurus pda and my linksys router worked for me and I have no idea about and have never done any programing in the ten years I've used Linux.
Plus using Linux is FUN
DumBunny is right linux is easy if you are not afraid to change. and thor it is B&N as in barns and nobles, not B&M which im not sure what that is.
It is good to see that someone knows how to stick it to these greedy cell phone companys. Everyone knows they have stuck it to us big time ever since the first cell phone. AT&T and Verizon - 450 minutes a month for $50.00. It costs AT&T .03 cents to send a text message and they charge you .20 cents...that is greed at its finest. It is also good to see a friendly hacker that's not trying to destroy my computer.