Treo 650 with Linux

By Derek Sooman on December 15, 2005, 3:30 PM
After some surfing around on the Net, I found this article, which shows a Treo 650 that someone has managed to install Linux on. A Wiki page has sprang up on the subject. There are rumours that Palm is building a Linux-based Treo, and from this article it is certainly possible.

"I've been hacking away trying to get Linux to boot on my Treo. I finally got the kernel up and running, but we're still a few steps away from a command-prompt right now.

Note that the LCD is a bit screwy and isn't aligned to the top-left of the screen - I had to hack the LCD stuff so the kernel didn't try to re-initialize it. I can't figure out the right combination of registers to get it set up properly."

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mentaljedi said:
Okay, that's a surprise. I look forward to see the results! Let's see how stable Linux is then when hacked into and pulled apart then put together againt.
poertner_1274 said:
This is good to hear. I've been debating on getting some type of PDA phone, and I didn't want to get the Palm OS. So this could be a welcome change. Now I've just gotta convince myself to buck up and actually get one :)
PanicX said:
Simply Awesome.I picked up a Treo 650 last summer, and even though Palm OS drives me nuts, this was the only phone with the features, looks and quality that I needed at the time. I've seriously debated buying the new XV6600 to get away from the Palm OS, but if they get linux to run and support my carrier I'll do a dance of joy.
Subservient said:
I don't doubt it. It would be fantastic if they kept Linux as an open-core OS and we could modify it on the Treo. But we all have dreams ;) lol
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