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HP Touchpad Can Now Run Arch Linux

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At last glance, people who took advantage of the super awesome clearance sale of the HP Touchpad have the option of keeping WebOS on their tablets or throwing some CyanogenMod goodness on there.

Now, Touchpad owners have yet another option for their increasingly versatile tablets and that option is Arch Linux ARM. XDA Member crimsonredmk has released an alpha release of the popular operation system that’s HP Touchpad compatible. Being an alpha release, of course, means that there’s a few bugs and kinks that still need to be worked out, including:

No webcam
No bluetooth
No sound

So if you can live without a few things for the time being and this looks like something you would like to try out, you can fi. . . READ ON »

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Editorial: What Does the Future Hold for WebOS?

Since HP announced yesterday that it would contribute WebOS to the open source community, there’s been a lot of uncertainty as to its future. Of course, it’s nice to have another open source platform, and yes, WebOS hasn’t been killed off, so that’s the good news; what this means for the platform, developers, and, ultimately, consumers, however, is another question altogether. Just making WebOS open source doesn’t necessarily stop it from fading into irrelevance.

First and foremost, this move is an easy way to stop losing money: a formal discontinuation would involve write-offs on earnings, which may cost more than simply letting a few people continue working on it, with . . . READ ON »

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HP to Open Source webOS; Development Possibilities Limitless!

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*pinch*

Yep, you are still alive. And no, we haven’t been transported to The Twilight Zone!

Less than two weeks ago, HP stated that they were in the process of evaluating the future of webOS. They have now reached a conclusion that is sure to come as a shock to many who expected the mobile OS to be put to pasture. HP has just announced their plan to contribute the source code to the open source community. While even we may question the OS’s relevance, this is truly great news for all.

Prior to the HP TouchPad fire sale, webOS devices largely failed to gain traction in the mobile OS landscape. Hanging for dear life at just 2% smartphone market share in US, the future for HP’s mobile OS looked ver. . . READ ON »

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Is WebOS Only Mostly Dead? We’ll Find Out in Two Weeks

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There isn’t a sadder story in the mobile world than that of WebOS. It had such potential as a platform. Multitasking was pretty good, the modders and hackers really took a liking to how much you could play with it, and it really seemed like it had a pretty bright future ahead of it. Unfortunately, it suffered from a sever case of really awful hardware. With the exception of the Touchpad (which has a forum on XDA), which was sadly too late to save the platform, all of the hardware that ran WebOS was inadequate. Having already suffered the blow of being sold to HP, the platform seemed like it was on its was out after the TouchPad failed. With the livelihood of over 600 employees, not to mention my desire to have a fourth . . . READ ON »

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HP’s Big Mistake

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Rumors are flying about HP and their potential GPL violation by not releasing the source code of the Android kernel sold on three Touchpads so far.  Many of them are speculation, much of it over-hyped, but the fact that we speculate points to how many questions go unanswered and how much interest there is in the matter.

A short history for people just tuning in on the issue:  In HP’s Touchpad firesale, three known devices shipped with Android 2.2.  Because the Android kernels and drivers are protected by the GPL version 2, all distributed modifications to the source code must be published if they mass distribute, intended to distribute, or publicly release the device.  HP did not publish their Android ker. . . READ ON »

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HP TouchPad Gets In Gear… Both Cores Overclocked to 1.9 GHz

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Amazingly enough, the HP Touchpad seems to be among the best selling pads in the mobile world. If you think about it, getting a dual core pad with 16 GB of storage for about US$100 (about 4 times cheaper than the iPad), would definitely be enough incentive to get it even if you don’t need or want it. Because of this move by HP, developers all over the world have their hands on at least one (or are about to), and are all working towards making this device reach its true potential. XDA member amirborna seems to be in this same boat as he has posted a way to overclock the tab’s processors (both of them) to 1.9 GHz. The only caveat is that at such speeds, the device becomes a bit unstable. However, it can still be sa. . . READ ON »

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Run Windows 95 On Your Palm Pre Plus

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We have seen some truly amazing ports over the past few years here on XDA. Many are done in platforms that are being worked on by hundreds of devs on our site, so help and information is wide and abundant. But what happens when you have an OS like our latest addition (WebOS) where little development happens? The result is that from time to time you end up with shinning beacons of light that bring life back to these seemingly forgotten fora. XDA member TravisAntonio just became such beacon as he wrote a guide about being able to run Windows 95 on the Palm Pre Plus, which runs on WebOS. Needless to say, this is not truly a port, but the OS runs rather smoothly in the device with start up times as fast as 30 seconds, and all the go. . . READ ON »

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How To Install WebOS 2.1 on Older WebOS Devices

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Believe it or not, not everything in our beloved xda forums is about Android or Windows Phone 7. There are other alternatives that people use on a daily basis. One such platform is the very proprietary, very closed WebOS, which was developed by one of the pioneers in the field of pdas, Palm. The rights for all of this were recently purchased by HP, which was a lifeline both for Palm as well as for HP who wa falling behind radically to other electronics manufacturers such as Toshiba and Acer. Some of the newest devices featuring WebOS have been blessed with version 2.1 of this OS, and as it is tradition with most devices, older or legacy devices are not upgradable to the latest installment. However, if you are sporting a P. . . READ ON »

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