Yesterday, I talked about how some hackers have been working on the Palm Pre, gotten root, and can make some interesting changes to WebOS. The ultimate goal of the project was to find a way to enable tethering on the Palm Pre. Now it looks like that’s not really going to work out too well.
Palm has asked the Pre Dev Wiki to halt work on the tethering project for now. Palm doesn’t look to have any issue with it; instead it’s warning the developers that Sprint does not want tethering on the Pre and might force Palm to shut down the wiki. The Palm Dev Wiki admins have responded in kind by taking down the tethering goal. The tethering page on the wiki now reads:
We have been politely cautioned by Palm that any discussion of tethering during the Sprint exclusivity period (and perhaps beyond—we don’t know yet) will probably cause Sprint to complain to Palm, and if that happened then Palm would be forced to react against the people running the IRC channel and this wiki.
There is always the possibility that once the Sprint exclusivity ends, the tethering goal can be worked towards once again. With the Pre available on more networks it will be difficult for any one network to complain about the hacker/development community. There’s also the chance that despite Palm asking the Pre Dev Wiki to halt the progress some will continue in trying to bring tethering to the Pre sooner rather than later. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see an article or video detailing how to bring tethering to the Pre show up on the front page of Digg eventually, if not within the next few weeks or months.