As of version 1.4 it seems Palm has managed to get WebOS out of beta status. Anyway there are still some things that could be a tiny bit better. We therefore compiled an (incomplete) list ;-) of packages, we are currently using on our Pre’s.
These packages require a Palm Pre put into developer mode and an installed Preware installer.
Putting Palm Pre into Dev Mode by simply entering the Konami Code – see here how to do it
Install WebOS-Internals’ Preware installer – see here how to do it.
Both steps are easy as saying “1, 2, Pre”…
The Incomplete Preware Packages List
Done and happy? Ok then, here we go:
Turns on airplane mode each night at a defined time
Brightness of Keyboard and Brightness of Screen can now separately be adjusted
Turns your Pre into a WiFi to 3G router. Extremely helpful on vacation.
Notorious WebOS Internals Team has managed to compile and run an X-Server on our beloved latest gadget Palm Pre, thus allowing to run Open Office. As Rod Whitby states:
Just a note to say that we do have a roadmap of being able to install native Debian X11 GUI applications (like OpenOffice) via Preware. But don’t hold your breath, cause it looks like we need to write a whole new FUSE filesystem driver to be able to do it. Think weeks to months, rather than days.
Telefonica (O2/MoviStar) has approved Palm’s latest update. We expect they found some bugs that are on the american 184.108.40.206. The update will be installed automatically over the air. The 15 MB update brings Tethering via Bluetooth and 3D graphics acceleration to European Palm Pre’s, thus allowing us eventually to play Doom, Quake and Need For Speed.
The update features:
installation of apps to the media partition, thus allowing to use up to 7GB for applications
simultaneous installation of apps from the AppCatalog
Downloads can be paused and resumed
improved support for prepaid SIMs
improved battery runtime
support for animated GIFs
We are still waiting for a full changelog from Palm for this update.
Before updating: don’t forget to use the “Emergency Patch Recovery” (EPR) tool, if you installed patches via PreWare. The EPR tool can be found in PreWare under Available Packages -> Linux Applications -> All -> Emergency Patch Recovery