I have created a customized Ubuntu LiveCD that has a script that downloads the Unrevoked Teams reflash, untars it, and runs it as root to root HTC's phones that are supported by the tool (HTC Evo, Hero, Aria, Desire, and Incredible). It also has the Android SDK included and added to the path so it is accessible from a terminal. Everything can be done without a single change to the computer you are doing it on.
Download the iso image here:
Burn the iso to a cd (This can be done with any cd burning software, imgburn found here is free)
If you do not have a CD drive, you can create a bootable flash drive by using the tool found here:Pendrive Linux
Put the CD into your computer cd/dvd drive and reboot your computer.
You must make your computer boot from CD, there are many different ways to do this depending on what computer you have, most recent computers have this enabled by default. Here is a guide that may help if you can't get this to work:Enable Boot from CD
Once it boots from the cd it will show a small picture of a keyboard and a person, do not press anything here and it will come to a window that will allow you to select your language.
Select your language and click "Try Ubuntu 10.04 LTS". This will boot up to a standard Ubuntu livecd desktop.
On your phone click menu, settings, applications, development, usb debugging
On the computer click "Places" on the top menubar and click "Home Folder". This will open a file explorer window, in that window is a script called "reflash.sh".
Double click reflash.sh. A window will pop up asking you what to do with this file, click "Run in Terminal". This will go get from the internet the current version of Unrevoked recovery installer from unrevoked.com/recovery, unzip/tar it, and run it as root.
Once it is complete you will be looking at the unrevoked3 screen and you should follow the prompts on screen.
You will then follow the prompts on the screen to plug in your phone, from the notification pane in android select charge only.
unrevoked3 will reboot your phone twice and leave you in ClockworkMod Recovery. On the computer at the bottom of the window it will say "Done".
Close the window, if you do not need to do anything further you can shut down the machine and be back in windows with nothing changed on your windows system.
Congratulations, your phone is now rooted and has ClockworkMod recovery installed.
There are other guides to setup of sideloading for the aria as well as how to load roms. You can do these using this live cd as well, this is a full ubuntu 10.04 livecd with only games and open office removed, and the unrevoked3 installer and the android sdk installed, it is already in the path and you can use adb commands from the terminal without having to switch directories(however it can be found in /opt/android-sdk-linux_86).
I would like to thank The Unrevoked team for making such a nice tool, and website that made this possible. I would like to that the guys in IRC on Freenode.net channels #liberatedAria and #koush for everything I've learned recently as well as all the great work they have done. Thanks also to Attn1 for making some nice roms for the HTC Aria and gave me the idea to create this. Thanks to Downer3d for the torrent mirror. Thanks to Neolobster for the new faster mirror.
Allowing Non-Market Apps using this cd on the stock ARIA rom:
Click Applications in the upper left corner.
Go to Accessories, click Terminal. This will put in you a terminal in the default users home folder. Because ADB(and android sdk) are in the path you do not need to change any directories. Start the phone in CLockworkmod with data mounted from the partitions menu and plug the phone into the computer.
sudo su adb pull /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db settings.db echo "update secure set value = 1 where name = 'install_non_market_apps';"|sqlite3 ./settings.db adb push settings.db /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db adb reboot
Switch user to root.
ADB pulls the file that contains the setting to allow non market apps down to the machine from the phone.
The next line runs a sql update of the field install_non_market_apps in table 'secure' and sets the value to 1 (on).
ADB then pushes the file back to the phone in its original location.
You then use ADB to reboot the phone to enable it.