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Re: Maemo & iOS immigrant here
Sure, I'm definitely not rooting it before I'm completely comfortable with the device and determine what it can and cannot do without the root. At this moment, three of the main reasons for rooting on my side are:
- being able to use sync on files with WinSCP via SSH: while I have already installed an SSH server that works without rooting, i.e. SSHelper, I've noticed that if I copy files from my computer to Note, it will report an error about not being allowed to change the files' timestamps to reflect the date/time of the file on the computer;
- disabling the annoying loud shutter sounds of the camera (without having to mute the device);
- Droidwall... (if it's still current, that is).
Already did some preliminary search on rooting Note II, and saw there are three possible options (Exynos, Odin, CF); and if I get it right, the first one would be the simplest one, but it won't work on 4.1.x anymore. So, Odin, you say.
Anyhow, do I get to keep all settings, customizations, and installations after the rooting process (I'm not looking for a custom ROM or anything like that for the time being, I just want "full control" for what it's worth), or is it akin to formatting the disk drive on a computer and installing the OS from scratch?
Can I create a 100% "image" of the current system so that I can restore it in case I need it back (in case of warranty or selling)? (Which is basically what I've always done to a new laptop - a clonezilla image of the "factory" installation just in case, then repartitioning and setting it up the way I wanted it )