Former Writer · May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

GenTop2 Looks To Replace WebTop Permanently for Atrix 4G

When the Motorola Atrix 4G was first released, it featured an innovative WebTop platform that allowed users to connect their devices to bigger screens and do all kinds of fun stuff. Since then, WebTop has been hacked, modified, adn improved by the relentless developers here on XDA. However, it appears as if the end of the line is coming soon for WebTop.

XDA Forum Member Gendol has posted a thread containing GenTop2, which is one of the best Linux-based WebTop replacements available. With full support and plenty of modifications, GenTop2 has a lot going for it.

The installation process takes place almost exclusively in ADB, so users who aren’t familiar should read the instructions thoroughly before attempting. The process involves swapping the original WebTop platform with a full-fledged Gentoo Linux replacement. So, why should users of the Atrix 4G check this out? Because it’s incredibly cool. Of course, Gendol shares some other reasons why users might prefer GenTop2 over WebTop:

Programs are fully optimized for the ARMv7a CPU contained in the Atrix.
Thus the whole system is faster and more responsive.
No shackles put around the WebTop by Motorola.
You can install any program (which compiles on ARM).
All software (except X11) is fully up-to-date.
You remember old times with desktop computers having far slower CPUs and less RAM than your phone and you wonder what you can do with this pocket computer.

So besides a more open, shackle-free experience, there are a lot of fun features of using this instead of the included WebTop. Of course, there is a downside as well:

Gentoo is huge because it must install all development files.
The system and all programs must be compiled on the phone. How crazy is that?
Firefox could not be built. But, there is a smaller replacement.
Why bother using a phone, when you already have a notebook?

So if you must have FireFox or if you worry about your storage, you may want to avoid this. However, a few extra hundred MB to get Gentoo running on the Atrix 4G is a more than reasonable sacrifice.

If this looks like something you want to do, hit up the original thread where you’ll find, literally, everything you need to know about installing this on your Atrix 4G.


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