Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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RE: webOS really?
by MobyTurbo on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 14:17 UTC in reply to "webOS really?"
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WebOS is very easy to tinker with, it's very Linux-like under the hood, and the official apps, although closed source (like some of Google's Android apps, incidentally), are just JavaScript text files and thus are modifiable. (The new 3d games are binaries of course, but Android doesn't forbid other players making closed-source apps either...)

You even get root on the device without needing to hack it, Palm supplies the tools for root, though other than tethering you don't really need root on the device to tinker, just developer mode (which makes the device a lot more open than iPhone) and Palm not only doesn't stop jailbreakers, they endorse the Homebrew community publicly.

Android may have a better license on a larger percentage of it's OS, which is good for putting it on new hardware, but from a tinkerer's perspective, it's not much more open than Palm's WebOS. (Which not only is partially open source, it is open for tinkerers in some ways that Android isn't. Ever tried patching the Google Android maps application to add features on Android? It's impossible. We added Google Latitude when Google was unwilling to do so for anyone but Android and the iPhone. (Yeah, you don't really need to patch Google Android maps to add features, since Google puts all their features on Android first. ;-) ))

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