Byobu on a Palm Pre
September 15, 2009
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:
- 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.