We are owners and prospective owners of the new ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF300. However, we were very disappointed to discover that the device's bootloader will only allow packages signed by ASUS to be installed, and thus also does not allow us root access to the tablet's operating system.
While we trust that the TF300 will be well-supported with official updates, this tablet has the potential to be an excellent platform for development by enthusiasts as well, and we consider the ability to modify the software running on the tablet to be a valuable (or even essential) feature. The current inability of the TF300 to accept custom firmware is already dissuading some from buying this tablet, and even causing others to consider returning devices that they have recently bought.
We understand that custom firmware cannot be supported by ASUS, but we consider that it is our right to customise our devices in any way we wish: once bought, the TF300 is our property alone to modify if we choose. The Transformer Prime has already been unlocked which is very appreciated in the Android community. That makes this all the more frustrating that another petition seems to be required for the TF300.
Please consider giving us the ability to unlock our tablets. We assure you that fostering a vibrant development community around the TF300 will promote sales and establish ASUS' reputation in the community as an excellent and receptive supplier of mobile devices.
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