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What does "to root a phone" mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
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Why are there so many different Android kernels?

Isn't Android a common kernel that is used across all devices? For example, CentOS will install on Dell, HP, and a variety of other hardware. Sure there are different modules, but it's still CentOS ...
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Need help in Upgrading My HTC Magic from Android 1.6 to Android 2.3?

i want to upgrade my HTC Magic Android Mobile form Android 1.6 to Android 2.3, before that i was curious to know what are the steps to be done for this, i downloaded Terminal Emulator in My Mobile and ...
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3answers
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I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM: Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM Looking for firmware from a different region/language Flashing a custom ROM for different features, removing ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between an AOSP ROM and a stock ROM?

I'd like to know what's the difference between these two. What are the Advantages or Disadvantages of using a AOSP ROM vs a Stock ROM? Is it just the Theme/Skin/UI and Bloatware that's different or ...
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What is the relation between ROM Manager, ClockworkMod and Nandroid? Which one(s) do I need?

So I understand the first thing I need to do with my phone, after rooting, is to back everything up. But I was confused about 3 of the apparently popular tools used for this. For example, is Nandroid ...
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Why are there not generic phone OS installers? [duplicate]

I am used to install and remove various operating systems in my PCs, even having several at a time. Usually, to install a new OS means: Burn the ISO to a CD/DVD/USB. Insert it. Boot. (Maybe you have ...

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