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The SoupKit

What is SoupKit? At it's heart, SoupKit is for those who are tired of messing around with Windows and are ready to do try something that works. It was created to be "sort of" modular in that after the ADB installer has been installed, other Linux scripts can be installed and run from the command line by just typing the name of the script and without worrying about changing directories or dealing with permissions. It's intended to make the transition from Windows to Linux for Android a little bit easier.

How does it work?

The SoupKit ADB Installer --- FOR ALL KINDLE FIRES

This puts everything where it needs to be, installs any necessary dependencies, installs drivers, configures Linux to run adb and fastboot commands, puts the SoupKit in your $PATH and cleans up after itself, all while taking a fraction of the space needed for the Android SDK. What this means for you is, you will be able open any terminal window and start entering adb or fastboot commands immediately. There's no need to change directories, add sudo commands or certain operators that are confusing to command line newbies ( ./ ). You can enter commands just as you see them in tutorials. No more worrying about “ADB Offline”, “Status Unknown” or “List of devices attached ????????????????”. This alone can make a huge difference for anyone having Kindle Fire problems that can't be fixed in Windows or those who are overwhelmed by the technicalities of configuring Linux for Android.

What you need:

First, you need Linux. Don't worry, it's not as bad as you may think.

Luckily, all Linux distros are free to download and install on your computer. It can also be booted from a USB flash drive so you don't have to wipe out your current OS (although you probably should anyway). You can use a VM, but the only VM that I've found that can detect the Kindle Fire in fastboot mode is Parallels. Vmware won't cut it, and VirtualBox sure as hell won't cut it so don't waste your time with them if you ever need to do anything in fastboot (if you're bricked, you need fastboot).

Probably the best method to get Linux running for a new user is by setting up a Linux LiveUSB.

I'm not going to teach you how to set up a Linux LiveUSB, but there are plenty of FREE programs out there that will not only create a Linux LiveUSB for you, but will download your choice of distro as well, and all you need is a USB flash drive (preferably 8GB or larger). A Google search of “Linux LiveUSB” will offer plenty of choices, although, PendriveLinux seems to be a favorite among most. Just be sure to add plenty of “persistence” (1 or more gigabytes) or you will lose everything every time you reboot. And the better quality of flash drive you can use, the better it will be in the long run. Some flash drives just don't do well and can cause some file system corruption over time (not something you want to be dealing with while you're having Kindle Fire problems).

You'll also have to figure out how to boot your computer from a USB. Check your computer's BIOS manufacturer website for instructions on how to do this.

If you're using a LiveUSB, there is no root/sudo password, just hit enter.

Do not use a USB 3.0 port

Once you have Linux installed and booted, you need to make sure your Internet is working. It may take some configuration on your part but it is necessary for the SoupKit to install properly. Luckily, once you have an Internet connection in Linux, the hard part is over.

Don't put the on the USB drive before creating the LiveUSB. Instead, use the web browser to navigate to this page and download it once you have Linux running and your Internet connected. Once it's downloaded, you'll likely find it in your Downloads folder.

SoupKit has been tested extensively on all the latest versions of Ubuntu and Mint, but it hasn't really been tested on anything outside of that. Try other distros if you will, but be warned.

To install:

Right-click the “”, select “Extract here” open the SoupKit folder and follow the instructions in the README.

Is that all?

NOPE. What SoupKit would be complete without a little something to go with it?

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23rd February 2013, 10:37 PM |#2  
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Due to recent updates, I've decided to remove the option to install Hashcode's 2nd bootloader. There are too many areas where things can go wrong so I think it would be best to let the user follow the small handful of instructions in the 2nd bootloader thread to get it done. IMO, it is not worth the risk to rely on the user to make sure a downgraded stock bootloader is installed before running the script. Plus I think using a script toinstall the downgraded bootloader gives users a false sense of safety in what is potentially very dangerous to do.

ROOT PLUS for 2nd Generation Kindle Fires

That's right. This works for ALL 2nd generation Kindle Fires

What does it do?

The screenshot above should answer that question pretty quickly.

What do you need to know?

Since Hashcode's bootloader hack is device specific, you must download the version for your device. Each one has the exact same script but the stack, boot and recovery images are different for each particular device. You must have the SoupKit installed for this to work properly. It installs in the same way as the SoupKit; unzip, double click, run in terminal, blah blah.

Make sure you have ADB enabled under “Security” in the settings.

Anything else?

At any point after installation, if you need to run the utility again, just type "rootplus" in the terminal.

What's next?

I have a few more things in store for you guys and they will all be made for the SoupKit. As packages are installed, just type the name of the package in any terminal to launch them at any point (hence "modular"). Everything will be easy to install, easy to launch, and new user friendly.

Don't be skerrd. Move out of your comfort zone a little and give Linux and SoupKit a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


* Bin4ry - of course, for providing the root exploit
* prokennexusa and his team - for testing this out on all of the second generation devices
* Thepooch - for extensive testing and always being there to lend a hand


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04-23-2013 - Update (RootPlus)
* Removed option to install Hashcode's 2nd bootloader, for safety reasons. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Hashcode's 2nd bootloader. The risk lies in recent updates from Amazon.

03-19-2013 - Update + bugfix (RootPlus)
* Fixed issue with 2nd bootloader install - everything works as it should now
* Added timestamp to saved partitions. Gives users the ability to save more than one set of partition images

03-18-2013 - Update: (RootPlus)
* Changed how 2nd bootloader is installed for compatibility with the KF2
* Added ability to update custom recovery. No need to update the script every time a new recovery is released.
* Added ability to choose partition images to be installed if more than one set exist in the BACKUP folder
* More intuitive restore of saved partition images - will hopefully prevent any chance of user error

03-16-2013 - Bugfix: (RootPlus)
* Fixed issue with permissions on the rootplus script

03-10-2013 - Update: (RootPlus)
* Added extra safety measures, including MD5 check on 2nd bootloader install

02-23-2013 - Initial release
24th February 2013, 05:01 PM |#4  
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worked great. thanks for a great tool. easy to use.
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Awesome...thank you..just set this up on my ubuntu netbook...going to try it today when I update twrp
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