webOS 2.1 hacked onto existing US Pre and Pre Plus phones; hold off for now, dear user 89
If you're waiting to see if you can run webOS 2.1 on your Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T Pre or Pre Plus, we're going to go ahead and recommend that you wait a little bit longer. Thanks to the good folks at WebOS Internals and the information in this PreCentral forum thread, several users have successfully booted their phones with webOS 2.1 - including a Pre on Sprint, a Pre Plus on Verizon and a Pre Plus on AT&T (pictured above). The magic is in the Meta-Doctor, which is the tool that allows you to modify ROMs on your computer before flashing them to a webOS device. There's no distributing copyrighted code, just gleeful patching via commandline tools.
However - we strongly advise that if you're going to try it, you only try it for testing purposes on a spare device and not with your primary Palm Profile. There are a myriad number of issues - our own AT&T Pre Plus got stuck in the First Use app (we skipped it the second time around) and the radio on CDMA phones is still an open question. More importantly - there are a slew of Palm Profile issues that can and will result in lost data if you use an existing Palm Profile. In fact, once you set a Palm Profile to 2.1 using this method, there is no going back. As with the "FrankenPre," we expect the webOS community to come through with some solutions.
So now the call is for developers and hackers to test and explore and post results in the thread linked below. We're sure that safe and reliable solutions will come soon enough. webOS hackers: Test. Everybody else: watch the fun. The official "What's new in webOS 2.1" thread is here. Pixi users - sorry, but you're out of luck for the time being.
In the meantime - how's it run? Pretty darn well, we have to say. We'll have a full hands-on later today.