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Recovery Tool Includes Leak of Palm's WebOS 1.2 43

El Royo writes "Today, Palm leaked version 1.2 of the webOS operating system that powers the Palm Pre. According to PreCentral, the new version was inadvertently included in a recovery tool Palm makes available. New features include support for the forthcoming App Catalog changes, copy and paste from Web sites, improved e-mail search and faster boot times."
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Recovery tool Includes Leak of Palm's WebOS 1.2

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  • Oops (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    New job opening: Release manager. Send your resumes.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's a modern day Amiga. Hopefully whoever buys them (HTC?) will not blow it Commodore-style.

  • accidental (Score:4, Insightful)

    by wizardforce ( 1005805 ) on Saturday September 05, 2009 @04:56PM (#29326235) Journal

    I am sorry but how do you "accidentally" leak a copy of the new Palm OS? Even the most basic testing of the tool before release should have caught this.

    • As many companies believe QA is optional or takes to much time, I do believe it is accidental.
    • In even moderately large software projects, manual+auto testing is usually done on internal builds. Final or RC builds usually are only subjected to automated testing.
      • It sounds to me that these moderately large software projects should invest in the occasional manual check of their Final/RC builds.

    • I was thinking the same thing, but then I remembered the time that Asus put software cracks, serial numbers and confidential documents in their recovery CD. []

      So yes, it can happen accidentally. Nevertheless, the question still stands: was it an accident?
    • They probably uploaded the wrong build image to their repository. WebOS Doctor, the app which caused the leak, is meant to basically reflash the OS onto the phone. It's not inconceivable that some intern or something copied over the wrong files to the repo. It's not like it's been like this since launch, this likely happened in the most recent update of the repo.
  • Is there a torrent yet, or should I wait til morning to search for one?

  • Sounds like the OS for the pre has almost caught up with functionality that BlackBerry users have had for years...
    • In what, 2 months? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Rix ( 54095 ) on Saturday September 05, 2009 @05:34PM (#29326565)

      I didn't know Blackberry had a standards compliant web browser. Does it pull contacts from Facebook too?

      • by drizek ( 1481461 )

        I like the Blackberry Tour, it is a really nice piece of hardware, very well built and with a great keyboard and great battery life, but the OS is just plain ancient compared to the Pre.

        The Pre is missing some of the more advanced features that are present in the the blackberry, but missing a button or an option in the email client is different than missing the entire browser. From the hardware point of view, having a slightly superior keyboard does not make up for the complete lack of touch screen on the B

  • iPhony (Score:1, Troll)

    by Penguinshit ( 591885 )
    Palm Pre: the iPhony
    • Re:iPhony (Score:4, Informative)

      by ahoehn ( 301327 ) <<nh.eoh> <ta> <werdna>> on Saturday September 05, 2009 @07:34PM (#29327355) Homepage
      Was that mac-bating, or a joke? I'm not sure. I've had a Pre since release day, and there are some things I like quite a bit better than the iPhone, and some things I get jealous about.

      The iPhone wins at:
      • Apps - it's got a gajillion, the Pre has like 40 in the App store, and like 50 homebrew.
      • Autofocus & Video (In the 3GS)- The Pre's got a good camera, but no autofocus, and no video. I personally don't care about video too much, but it does seem lame to not include an autofocus camera.
      • The Compass - I'm not really sure what I'd do with the compass, but I wants it.
      • iTunes Ecosystem Integration - The Pre's pretty flexible about syncing media, but its media player kind of sucks, and it's integration with Amazon's MP3 store isn't perfect.

      The Pre Wins at:

      • Price - At the moment, both phones are exclusive to one US carrier. If I were to replicate my Sprint plan on an iPhone, I'd be paying an extra $60/mo for my wife and I. $1,440 over the course of a two year contract.
      • The Keyboard - I like the slide out physical keyboard better than the onscreen keyboard.
      • Linux - The Pre is a little linux box. I can download a terminal app, then type in things like, "sudo apt-get" etc... How awesome is that? It means I come much closer to really owning this device than I would with an iPhone.
      • Multitasking - This is the one thing that really bugs me on an iPhone. I've gotten so used to switching back and forth between apps on my Pre, that it feels ridiculous to not be able to do it on an iPhone.

      The Conclusion: Different strokes for different folks. They're both great devices - but I think for the Slashdot crowd, there's plenty to love about the Pre.

      • ># Apps - it's got a gajillion, the Pre has like 40 in the App store, and like 50 homebrew.

        50 homebrew apps?? Try *200* apps, and homebrew has really been only active for a month! Where have YOU been?? At this moment there are 50 in the app store. That means in only a few months after release, there are already 250 apps.

        How many did the iPhone have after a few months? Oh that's right! They had NONE! There was no app store and no homebrew for a looooooong time.

        • Linux - The Pre is a little linux box. I can download a terminal app, then type in things like, "sudo apt-get" etc... How awesome is that? It means I come much closer to really owning this device than I would with an iPhone.

        Wait, the pre comes rooted?

      • Total joke. I am quadriplegic and haven't held any phone for over two years. Nice write-up though; hope you grab some Informative points.

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