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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Byobu on a Palm Pre

Having owned Palm Treos 600, 650, and 755p, I finally bought a used Palm Pre off of Craigs List earlier today. And although I've had the phone less than 24 hours, I already love it!

Following a couple of guides online, I obtained root on the device without a problem. This is where the real fun begins...

I was absolutely delighted to find that GNU screen is installed by default on the device! Which, of course, means that byobu should run too ;-)

I had to fix a few things in byobu, since I had never tested it on ARM, or inside of busybox, but it's working quite well! See this screenshot:

So within the first 12 hours of owning this little miracle, I've managed to:
  • sync all of my contacts and calendars from Gmail and Facebook
  • obtain a root shell
  • run screen
  • install and run byobu (using byobu-export from the unreleased byobu-2.33)
  • install and run an ssh server
  • ssh to the device
  • tether (working perfectly with Ubuntu, writing this blogpost tethered right now)
  • actually lower my monthly service plan with Sprint
  • sign no contract since I bought used via CraigsList
But the best part... Real Linux, with a root shell, running on my phone. I've been waiting for this day for over 10 years. I'm choking back tears. Wow.