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Pre hackery brings some fancy VNC action

by Jason Robitaille Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:35 am EDT

They certainly weren't kidding when people declared the Pre has a very hackable OS. Nebula from the #webos-internals IRC channel has done it again.  Not too long ago he made history by porting running a native linux Nintendo emulator on the Pre, full controls and all. Well, he's back and this time he's gotten a native linux VNC application running on the Pre. (That's Virtual Network Computing, if you're unfamiliar, which basically means the Pre is can view and control your desktop.)

This is merely a proof of concept, like running the NES emulator, though this one has much less functionality (due to the lack of a mouse, etc.).  Nebula has written up a handy guide if you have a rooted Pre and would like to try it yourself. If you have any questions about setup, feel free to pop on by #webos-internals on freenode IRC. One thing that should also be noted is that the VNC app (like the NES application) is run from your SSH connection and is not in any form integrated into the WebOS interface, though that could change in the future.

Still, it's a very impressive feat and really helps to show the strength and versatility the WebOS and Pre can come to represent.

Thanks to John for the tip