Install an alternative OS?
Would anyone think it possible to hack the Playbook and install a version of a barebones Linux system for example? Does anybody know if this has been tried?
I'd give it a shot if it were out there.
- 10-30-11, 06:40 PM #2
Probably possible, I think there are too many hardware driver issues for it to be useful without a major UI shell on top of it - a lot of work. Unless you just want a console which doesn't do much for you.
What did you have in mind?
Why... in it's present OS state it does nothing for me what so ever. Currently I have a 64gig paperweight which is worth less than half the price I purchased it at.
Some search results suggest that the hardware would support Windows/Linux. Curious to know if it has been achieved or tried.
Quoting (from a different thread) :xsacha xsacha
If there were millions of consumer Playbook's sold, you'd have enough hackers to work on this problem.
For Playbook, it's security through obscurity.
Thanks for the thread link... read n taken on board. Though I am sure it is not impossible... just sure it probably wont happen soon enough or ever.
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10-30-11, 07:43 PM #8
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HP Touchpad is about 1000x easier to port Linux/Android to. I could do it myself.
Playbook actually has security preventing bad code from running and preventing you from changing bootloader. You'd need to discover a certificate or a key. Then, you'd need to find a way to use the flasher to flash custom ROM, resigned with that certificate/key.
It's still 'theoretically' possible as it is with any device when you possess the hardware. However, it may require a lot of tooling and possibly even custom hardware.
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10-30-11, 09:56 PM #10
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The Touchpad actually starts life as an Android device, then webOS is loaded from there. A third party Android port was possible because Android drivers already existed for all of the hardware, which was very important because the touchscreen controller was unknown to Android devs. The controller manufacturer had already created an Android driver and made that available so Android became possible.
In this case RIM would need to make Android drivers available for the PlayBook, which isn't likely.
- 10-31-11, 01:25 AM #12
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- 10-31-11, 10:55 AM #18
This is a pointless discusssion.
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10-31-11, 03:31 PM #19
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It would be easier and a LOT more functional to just use browser-based email. I know some people call it tedious, or want to use it to bash RIM, etc, but for most people that aren't intent on complaining just for the sake of it, it works quite well. GMail gathers my various email accounts and I can send as any of them. For Work email, I use OWA and it is on par with Outlook on the desktop, IMO. It was also a great alternative when BES services were down. I have the browser set to reopen tabs at startup, so my 2 mail tabs are always there and waiting.
But don't let the obvious, working methods deter you from dredging up possible OSes to port...
Fairly sure some of that cost is due to a strong Australian dollar at the moment.
I'd rather give it away to a young family member for xmas than take such a knock on the chin for it.
Cheers, and sorry.
I'm interested in a functional email app to facilitate the running of my small business. It is a shocking and embarrassing testament to RIM's foresight to include an email app on the PB with less functionality than a BB Curve.
No ability to multi select and delete/archive email.
Laggy response when deleting mail one by one.
No file system, hampering sending of attachments.
No off line email storage.
No ability to download attachments.
Incredibly pathetic UI for a tablet interface.
No real viable bluetooth keyboard supported or released by RIM.
As for Linux... I'm not interested in appealing to developers to code for it. RIM can't even get that right. I'm just interested in seeing if there is an alternative out there.
Personally the device is useless to me, and I'm happy to frack with it even if I destroy it in the process or simply give it away.
10-31-11, 10:40 PM #25
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Canonical to Expand Ubuntu for Smartphones, Tablets
Canonical plans to expand its Ubuntu Linux distribution so it could be used on smartphones, tablets and other touch interface consumer electronics, said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.
Canonical to Expand Ubuntu for Smartphones, Tablets | PCWorld Business Center
RIM is seriously dead on the tablet space.
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