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Not So Persistent Perfection Asus Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock!

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Dear ASUS/Nvidia,

We are owners and prospective owners of the new ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and are excited by the prospects that the world's first quad-core tablet bring to mobile computing. 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 Transformer Prime 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 Prime 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 Prime is our property alone to modify if we choose. HTC implemented locked bootloaders on their devices last year, but have since seen that giving users this freedom is the right thing to do, and are enabling users to unlock their devices if they so choose. This has been considered very welcome in the Android community, and we hope that ASUS will do the same.

Please consider giving us the ability to unlock our tablets. We assure you that fostering a vibrant development community around the Prime will promote sales and establish ASUS' reputation in the community as an excellent and receptive supplier of mobile devices.

Yours faithfully,

The Undersigned

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