The Raspberry Pi has been creating quite the stir within the engineering communities since the beginning of its production in February earlier this year. Once released, many projects began to appear over the internet from the eager hackers who managed to get their hands on one. They included: robots, a Lego housed super computer, and miniature travel computers, many built up for cars. The latest hack comes from a developer by aaa801 who has ported the newly available Open webOS 1.0 onto his Pi.
Open webOS was released during the end of August as a Linux based operating system for mobile systems. Additionally, it comes available in two different versions, one as a multi-processor compatible version enabled by OpenEmbedded and the other being a version which runs as an app inside Ubuntu Linux. However, the odd thing about the OS is that it does not have a user interface at the moment. This wouldn't be a problem if we were still in the days where using the command line was common. But today not many people use the command line to perform tasks and many are not even familiar with it. The point is, webOS booted on the Pi, a proper UI soon to follow. (Side note, the R-Pi specs are fairly close to the original webOS flagship Palm Pre, which was 700Mhz having 256mb ram.)
Despite the lack of a UI, developer aaa801 booted up his Pi with the OS and it ran nicely. Furthermore, the system is still capable of running a variety of hardware. If your more comfortable using a UI to make use of the system, you can wait for the 1.0 version update which is due out soon. It has not been set in stone that the update is going to include a UI, but it would be the logical improvement. Until then, the more ambitious can continue on with their projects using the classical white block letters on the black background.