04/09/2010, 12:36 AM
Announcing X11 on the Pre!
What is X?
If you're unfamiliar with X, I'll refer you to a post made by meandmypre in a different thread that that explains it plainly:
What is X?
and the obligatory Wikipedia article on X
To summarize the main idea, this means you can now run native linux GUI applications on the Palm Pre!
TL;DR--What does this look like?
Additionally, phil_bw has made a video of OpenOffice running on the Pre!
YouTube--Openoffice on the Pre!
Awesome, so how do I get this on MY phone?
This is all still in testing as we work how to bring this to you in the most convenient, flexible, and useful manner we can.
As a side note, both the X-server, as well as xterm (Terminal that runs on X) are available in the Preware Testing feed for your... testing .
Just a note to say that we do have a roadmap of being able to install native Debian X11 GUI applications (like OpenOffice) via Preware. But don't hold your breath, cause it looks like we need to write a whole new FUSE filesystem driver to be able to do it. Think weeks to months, rather than days.
Some brief "tutorials", for those who are already familiar with many of the technologies involved:
Running Apps from your Linux Box
Who did all this amazing work? Who do I thank?
In short, the hard work of everyone at WebOS-Internals.
More detailed breakdown of the major contributions that made this possible:
X Server, xterm -- dtzWill (Will Dietz, me!) Also shivaramv (Shivaram Venkataraman), and Jacques from WebOSInternals.
Debian Chroot work -- WebOS Internals.
Video, FVWM work, lighting a fire under my **** to get this published -- phil_bw
...and many other people. Shoulders of giants, etc .
Feel free to subscribe to this thread as we'll post updates as we make progress!