Found a Samsung Galaxy S2 in an inorganic collection dump on the side of a road. Couldn't just let it die there.
It's fascinating to get a sense of some of the earliest Android UX.
This phone was released in 2011, when user replaceable batteries, physical home buttons and bubble widgets were still a thing.
Stock android GingerBread it shipped with still installed.

Looking across the internet for a way to root it, so many dead XDA forum posts with dead links to vital software and firmware kernels.
Finally located an insecure kernel that let me get root.
All this stuff will die a slow digital death as fileshares get shut down, old forums get wiped, people once active in the pwn scene move on and abandon their sources.

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Update:
Was able to find all this obscure driver replacement stuff and a partition image to fit a custom recovery in. TWRP is on!
Now to attempt a LineageOS install.

@nomand I just found an old blackberry, I wish I could update it’s firmware too.

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