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Open webOS Now Running on the Nook Color (video)

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about HP’s beleaguered orphan OS, and TBH I never expected it to amount to anything. But today it looks like I am wrong.

Mike Cane tipped me to the following video. It shows the open source version of webOS as it runs on a 2 year old Nook Color. It’s the work of a hacker out of¬†Taiwan.

Ping-Hsun Chen compiled the desktop version of Open webOS for his Nook Color. It’s actually running on top of Android, not as a stand alone OS, so clearly he used a trick like the ones needed to get Ubuntu running on Android.

This video shows that the work is incomplete and could use a fair amount of optimization, but it’s also a beautiful sight for fans of open hardware and open source software. Plus he’s running Open webOS on a single core CPU. That’s pretty impressive.

Chen has posted his files for anyone who is interested, but they are no where near ready for the average user. (And that goes double for me, given that I keep having trouble with the Nook2Android cards.)

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phritzg October 16, 2012 um 12:26 pm

Not sure if or why I would even want to do this; my Nook Color and the N2A card play very well together. I would like to see someone make the Nook Color work with a camera attached, though.

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