CyanogenMod: Root management and settings

CyanogenMod has grown past the point of being just another ROM. The successful third-party developer has become the most popular alternative for those that do not like manufacturer UIs. It’s stability and support can be many times better than official software, and many use it as a complete replacement. This is why CyanogenMod 9 is the first iteration of the ROM to offer root management.

This is not something new, but most users have not seen what it looks like. One can set the device to have full root access (both ADB and apps), Apps only, ADB only or none (disabled). This allows for the security conscious user to modify root access as they please.

The team has really made the ROM a viable option as an alternative ROM, even considering those that would not like to mess with root applications and tasks. Root access is something that was included by default in past CyanogenMod versions, which may have intimidated a big percentage of the users.

On a related note, CyanogenMod has just uploaded its first video. It is fairly basic, but there will be more to come, going deeper into the custom OS. In summary, it is a brief overview of some of the settings within CyanogenMod, including the layout, anonymous statistics, system update and changelog settings.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Are you liking the road CyanogenMod is taking?

[Via: Reddit]

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  • selonmoi

    What’s ADB?

    • Jason Farrell

      adb lets your computer and phone talk to each other for doing stuff like getting a shell, installing apps, pulling/pushing files, rebooting, etc. So, without root enabled for adb, you couldn’t peek inside /data/data or push system apps, for example)

      If you have to ask, you don’t need it. :)

  • flippingthecoins

    Video is about Changelog … Wrong link

  • brian

    Android debug bridge (ADB). It is used as a link to your computer and the command line on your android phone.

    • Ben Crawford

      reply button. it is used to link your follow up comment directly to the person asking the question. Helps to avoid the dreaded “reply fail”

  • superuser

    Too bad my phone isn’t getting CM…

  • Minja Miketa

    You need root in order to install CM….if you did it to install CM why not keep it?

    • Jason Farrell

      Some people install CM for non-nerds, and don’t want to leave ’em “vulnerable”.

  • JulianZHuang

    too bad, MIUI better for me to use. 

  • David Rea

    Temporarily removing root is a great capability for rooted users to have – since applications (such as Google Play Movies) sometimes lock out content for rooted users.

  • RichardReich

    Can someone point me to any info on how this root management thing interacts with the superuser app?  It sounds like a step backwards, but I’m sure I must be misunderstanding.