Xorg Tools - Power Tools for Power Users

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Overview

Xorg Tools (aka xt command) is a set of Linux scripts for setting up lower level Linux services or power user functions on webOS devices. Xorg Tools will approach automatically setting up specialty functions that may not make it as a webOS app. Many xt functions are setups of optware services/commands or implementations of webos-internals.org pages that never made it to an app (credits are given).

Xorg Tools is intended for Power Users, those generally experienced with making lower level configurations to their phones and computers. Using these tools may require some knowledge to setup connectivity with other systems. In some cases Linux knowledge is needed for more detailed configuration, but in most cases xt will do the basic setup to get things working.

Xorg Tools runs from a terminal session (or Terminal app available in PreWare) as 'xt' command. As xt matures, it may run from Launcher (launching terminal app with xt menu). Xorg Tools can be used either in menu mode or with command arguments.

Initial Features

1) Diagnostics - analyzes storage usage, seeks known problem areas of webOS devices.
2) Scheduling - sets up Linux cron to allow scheduling apps or daily reboots.
3) Performance - changing priority of key processes (more capabilities in future).
4) mvapp - maintains relevant mvapp commands for recovery, continues support for linking email.
5) optware - base optware setup with dropbear SSH (via webOS-internals boostrap)
6) File Sharing - sets up samba filesharing, both in/outbound connections 
7) MyTether 3D Fix - fixes issues with MyTether interfering with 3D games, SDL.
8) PreWare Install - easily install/update PreWare from a Terminal session.

Many more things are planned like aiding the install/setup of webos-internals pages like emulators, vnc, dynamic dns, network tunables, etc. If needed someday, a malware scanner also might be in xt's future. Taking requests for features/functions that likely would not make it as a webOS app. Am seeking other optware packages that could be useful under webOS - CUPS printing?

While many experienced with Linux can setup these by reading the webos-internals pages, the target for xt is to set this stuff up for you in one shot and make it more accessible.

Initial Release

A development version is now available. It will not be released on Homebrew installers for a while as this isn't intended for the masses yet. For now xt is for power users and will be available with a wget command.

Here's a sneak peek... Paste this in a Terminal session...

wget -qO- http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3812896/xt.setup  | /bin/sh

xt

Watch for daily updates...

xt upd

(then run as xtd command)


A PreCentral dev forum thread will be created soon.

License

Xorg Tools follows the webos-internals MIT license model.

Developers are encouraged to use xt code or concepts in other projects, per the terms of the license. If a function of xt is eventually better maintained in another project, the xt feature will likely be redirected to that project and in some cases adopted back into xt.