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  1. grrmisfit's Avatar
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    how much of the linux part of webos is usable? i mean could we run stuff like irc eggdrops etc? im not sure i fully understand the part of webos and linux. is the pre basicly a linux machine with webos being a part of it or is webos basicly linux itself
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    Sounds like you should take a trip over to http://webos-internals.org and read up. Probably just the info you are looking for.

    The Linux on the Pre is for embedded systems. Everything seems pretty standard with the exception of missing X-server. I'm not that familiar with non-intel Linux systems.
    Last edited by sacherjj; 12/01/2009 at 08:21 AM.
    Your Pre wants Word Whirl from the App Catalog.

    It told me.
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    From what I can tell, WebOS is the GUI built on top of Linux. Seems like pretty standard Linux to me, but I haven't poked around that much. The WebOS Internals site has a lot more details, and pointers to all of these Optware packages which can be loaded to add more Linux features.
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    Yes, as Sacherjj pointed out WebOS is running a subset of a normal Desktop install of Linux and you could run anything that can be cross compiled on the ARM cpu for Linux (95+%? of apps). In fact you can run anything text/ directFB based you like today by installing Debian on your WebOS phone.

    Debian - WebOS Internals

    There are two notable things missing from making this a full linux platform though.. This would be a huge win for the WebOS platform if someone can overcome these two things!!

    1. No one has published a way to run programs requiring the standard X11 (x windows) graphical interface.
    2. No one has published a way to get Touchscreen input from the driver.

    *Ameng seems to have solved both of these issues with a Webkit plugin (great idea!) but have yet to get my hands on any code: http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Application-DFBAdapter You could install this plugin, run FBVnc on WebOS, vncserver on Debian , and viola.

    Once these two items have been publicly solved, you theoretically could be running anything Linux you like: Gnome, Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Pidgin, Nautilus File Manager, etc from your phone (memory permitting of course)
    Last edited by zonyl; 12/06/2009 at 08:09 AM.
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    What im waiting is a webos app for ubuntu similar to the already existing palm os app

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