Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th May 2009 17:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a whole boatload of rumours, Twitter posts, and what not, we finally have an official release date for Palm's Pre, the phone and platform that is supposed to save Palm from a fairly certain doom. Sprint, Palm's partner announced the release date, pricing information, and plans today, with Palm's official blog following soon after.
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It's Linux ;) good luck with tampering with that one. I hear it's pretty hard.

Seriously now, Google also screwed up with root shell echoes and so on... I'm sure there will be a period of adaptation, and after all it's a 1.0 .But being Linux based grants it a lot of credibility - for me, at least.

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When finally finding a replacement that could be considered an upgrade from the Palm T5, being Linux based was pretty high on the wishlist. First it was replacing the features in the T5 followed by additional features and what base OS platform was used.

Maemo Linux has it's healthy developer community and a growing library in the repositories. If something isn't there, it's a close fork of Debian so cross-compiling packages is impossible and frequently done by third party repositories. OpenSSH is available so it talks natively to the rest of my machines and, through the WinSCP translator, even with Windows to some degree.

I could also run Android, Debian or Ubuntu after a bit of weekend project time. It's currently a tripple boot for three seporate Maemo installs (minimal internal, maemo 2007, maemo 2008).

PIM is not as nice as Palm's included apps and I don't have my trusty Bluejacker app like on the Palm (no more "your bluetooth is showing" messages on public transit.. oh well). I also gave up the IR port. These are not big losses given the device advantages.

I'm not sure what Google's announced plans for Android openness are. If it's managed as an open distribution then it could really open up for third party software and getting in behind the pretty gui. I should drop it on a partitions SD and try it on the N810 actually. Based on that, I just assumed it was as open to modification (not breach but user adjustment).

It seems the Pre OS is intended more as a graphic layer only. It may have the kernel in the back end but it's as flexible as any other Linux based mobile phone for going beyond the GUI menu. Being limited to web-popular JIT scripting languages seems to support that.

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