Are there any Bleepers who have successfully rooted a Kindle Fire? Any tips, comments, suggestions, warnings, etc. would be most welcome. Also, given that I can "side-load" applications already, what benefits does gaining root provide?
Can I turn the Kindle Fire into a more general-purpose tablet computer (as opposed to a content-delivery and consumption medium for Amazon. This is my main question, I'd say, since that's what I really would like to do.)
If I root my device, will it continue to function as it has been, the only change being that I can now ssh into the device as root?
Another question which has popped into my head is security related. Being a veteran Windows user, I have developed a healthy Pavlovian aversion to installing random software I find on the internet (or, in this case, an App Store.) I've seen more than one Android antivirus being advertised, but I also saw a recent report which stated that the majority Android AV solutions are crap. Is an antivirus application necessary for Android at this point, and if so, which one?
Also, what apps would you recommend? I've already found one app I can't live without (FileExpert) and another that is just plain cool and useful (Wifi Analyzer.)
Does the Amazon App store represent an accurate cross-section of available Android apps? I note that Google also has an app store, but that as a Kindle owner I am unable to download apps from it. For the most part, apps on the Amazon store are... fluffy. That is, most of them seem to lack any real usefulness or indeed any real reason for existing. Either their function is trivial, scammy, or makes the suspension of disbelief a minimum system requirement. Another large group of 'apps' would be better implemented as a PDF, website, or (e)book. Are there other app stores than these? Are they better stocked? Would I need to root the device to access such other stores that may exist?
And finally, I note that all Android 'apps' are written in Java. However, Java isn't the native Linux format and I'd wager that most of the system software is written in C. Therefore, it must be the case that Java apps are not the only user-supplied software which can be made to run under Android. If my compiler were able to target Arm-based Linux would I be able to compile a native Android program and run it on my Kindle? Would I need root to do so?
So, basically tell me everything you know about Android and the Kindle Fire.
Edited by Andrew, 13 March 2012 - 01:55 PM.