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WebOS Internals attempting the unpossible: webOS 2.0 FrankenDoctor for older devices

by Derek Kessler Fri, 05 Nov 2010 9:57 am EDT

FrankenDoctor

webOS 2.0 will be coming to Pre, Pixi, and Plus variant devices in “the coming months,” but if you’re like us, you want webOS 2.0 right now because you have the attention span of a... hey, who finished the ice cream? Thankfully, the masters of satisfying our impatience - the code genies at WebOS Internals - have decided that they don’t want to wait either.

With the release of the 2.0-restoring webOS Doctor for SFR’s Pre 2, Rod Whitby and the gang have taken to hacking and splicing the 2.0 Doctor with the already released webOS 1.4.5 Doctor. Yes, that's a gross oversimplification, but all the code gibberish is far over this author's head (as evidenced by my calling it gibberish). In essence, they’re setting out to make a webOS FrankenDoctor, with the aim of installing webOS 2.0 before Palm and carrier partners finally get around to releasing the update. Really, who wants to be at the mercy of Sprint and Verizon?

Right now it’s very raw. As in it’ll render your device unusable and possibly physically damaged. There’s a reason the forum post on the subject starts off in 24-point bold red type. But, if you’re of the super-geeky Linux inclination, capable of in-depth debugging, and feel like chancing a permanent bricking of your spare Pre (do not, I repeat, do not try this on your primary device), then feel free to join in. After all, it takes a village to make a Frankendoctor - or maybe the village chases and kills the Frankendoctor - never could get that straight. In any case, there are roadblocks to be overcome.

Just don't blame us if things go south in a hurry - if patching and kernels are homebrew, then this is, well, we don't know what to call this except for friggin' awesome.

Source: PreCentral Forums; Thanks to sketch42 for the heads up!