Will Verduzco · Nov 7, 2011 at 04:12 pm

Chainfire Releases CF-Root for the Samsung Galaxy Note!

It seems as if XDA Senior Moderator, Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it yet again by gracing another device with his iconic CF-Root. This time, he sprinkles his voodoo magic on Samsung’s latest tablet/phone, the Galaxy Note.

CF-Root isn’t a complete ROM, nor does it pretend to be. Rather, it is aruguably the simplest entry point to su status on your mobile device. Geared towards those wanting to remain as close to stock as possible, flashing CF-Root replaces your original Samsung kernel with a rooted variant, adds busybox, and flashes ClockworkMod Recovery. According to Chainfire himself:

THIS IS NOT A ROM – it is only a modified kernel. You need to have the relevant firmware already on your device. You do NOT need to wipe anything for this patch. You DO need to read the instructions. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE FIRST FEW POSTS!

Main features
– The kernel is fully stock and taken from the original firmware, with just the following added:
– Root
– Busybox v1.19.2-cm71
– ClockWorkMod Recovery 5
– CWM Manager (see below for more detail)
– Custom boot / init scripts
– Custom boot animations

Eager to enjoy those root-only apps on your Note? Continue on to the original thread to get started! Unfortunately, we must report that CF-Root was unable to better elucidate the device’s status as phone or tablet.

[Thank you, M_T_M, for the tip!]
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