Day 5 After Palm Pre Release – Over 1700 Apps Available
by Eric on June 11, 2009 · 2 comments
in PDA / Smartphones
Now, these aren’t your typical GUI applications, these are Linux console apps. For 99% of the users out there, this doesn’t mean squat. However, the hacker and developer community probably shat their pants earlier today (I know I did).
Programs are installed through the Pre’s built in ipkg package manager. Installing programs is as easy as adding the Optware repository address to the ipkg configuration. Then, all you have to do is run “ipkg install ” form the root shell and VOILA, your program is installed.
Actually, this is really amazing, and the speed at which the hacker community is going after the Pre is really encouraging. I don’t really understand why there is so much activity around the Pre, Google Andriod is Linux based as well, so all these tools should be available there as well. Yet there is a tethering hack out for the Pre already.