Android screen grab: Nikolay Nizov
Root is the base level directory on a Linux system. webOS is at base, a Linux system. All branches of the file system and therefore the whole system stem from the root. Android is also a Linux based system that runs from a root directory. There is a technique known as chroot (change root) that enables you to run a second system within another by creating a subsystem in which the secondary system appears to have the root directory.
If you pay much attention to the shifts and changes in the mobile phone market, you will be aware that over the past couple of years there has been increasing consolidation. These days the market is dominated by Apple’s iphone and most of all, by the many models running the Android operating system. This system – at least in its basic form is open source software. Naturally, many developers therefore take advantage of this ‘off the shelf’ operating system. New entrants and existing challengers in the market have tried to leverage Android and specifically, it’s large app catalogue to gain an advantage. This includes Blackberry, Jolla (sailfishOS) and there are reports that even Microsoft are considering a means to run Android apps on Windows phone. There are also projects that offer existing Android users the opportunity to install a customised version. The most notable of these is Cyanogenmod, which can now be installed on a wide range of hardware.
What’s that? You want to know who else is still dev’ing for webOS? Well, my friend, you have come to the right place. Next up in our Developer Highlight series is…Donald Kirker!
ACL for webOS is back! The first release having been pulled back in December, issues around GPL code have hopefully now been resolved and release number 1.2.0 is available for Kickstarter backers and those who pre-ordered.
You should note that PIC advise doctoring your Touchpad prior to install, so having downloaded and secured the precious package, you might want to hold off and backup your device properly before proceeding to doctor and install your new toy.
It seems a full public release has not yet happened, but you can expect a review soon here on pivotCE. Check the new thread for this release on the webOS Nation forum or tell us your experiences in the comments below.
On February 10th, the Enyo Team unveiled Enyo 2.4. Among the many improvements there are two especially great features that will make webOS the best TV operating system out there.
Wow, do we jump on problems quickly as a community around here or what? On Thursday, forums user aexellent reported an API change from the folks behind Foursquare. Foursquare is a popular location based social networking service (if you’ve been living under a rock). The update to the API effectively broke Foursquare for webOS but not for long!
Similarly to how YouTube functionality was restored within 48 hours, Foursquare was gone and then restored in only 24 hours. Who should we thank? Forums user and meta-doctor expert, Herrie, came to the rescue. But this wasn’t the typical patch solution. Oh no no no! The great news is that Foursquare for webOS creator, Zhephree, open-sourced the app and uploaded it onto github. This made the fix that much “easier” to come by. Not only is the app back to life and available for download on the forum thread but Herrie also added the solutions to github which should generate the request to update it for the HP App Catalog as well.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m consistently blown away by the amazing webOS community. Thanks Herrie!