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Re: Poll - What Smartphone do you use?



One thing that has sort of captured my imagination is the Kubuntu Mobile project. They are basically porting KDE4 to mobile devices, with the N900 being their primary target at this point. I'll be upgrading my SD card to 32GB, partially in anticipation of the release of 11.10.

http://ianlawrence.info/random-stuff/install-kubuntu-mobile-on-the-n900
http://apachelog.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/kubuntu-11-10-mobile-devices-sneak-peak/

I'm generally not a fan of Ubuntu, and question some of their decisions, but this project looks *extremely* cool, especially if, like Community SSUs, it extends the life of my device.

--b

On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 5:26 PM, Jamie Thompson <debian-user@jamie-thompson.co.uk> wrote:
On 2011-05-23 3:04 PM, green wrote:
> Scott Ferguson wrote at 2011-05-23 08:28 -0500:
>> Camaleón wrote:
>>> And IMO, too useless/time consuming also. I want a phone not a game
>>> console :-)
>>
>> A computer with hardware I can't access is a computer I don't want.
>
> Right.  Someone gave me a blackberry with GPS hardware... great, but apps
> can't use the GPS because of some stupid Verizon policy thing (although the
> phone is no longer on Verizon).  So really some of these phones have issues
> even without trying to use FOSS on them.
>
>> When teh Smartphone is a portable computer with an *open GSM stack* I'll
>> be interested. Until then it's a "dumbphone" with a low-end processor
>> sharing the battery.
>
> And the difference is "game console" versus actual *productivity*.  Oh, the
> things I could do with a phone if I could run Debian on it...!

I have a pair of Nokia N900s. Run Maemo 5 (Fremantle), which is based on
Debian. It also has (though I don't use), a package called "Easy
Debian", which basically lets you run normal ARM Debian in a chroot.

I love it to bits. Sadly, has a fair few closed components (both UI and
deep in the cellular stack), and the next project version (Maemo 6 -
Harmatten) is going to be the last Debian-based version, as the original
plan was to merge Nolia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin into MeeGo, a
combined project that adopted the Fedora-based Moblin's base system over
Maemo's Debian-based one. :( I'm sure on this mailing list we all
appreciate Apt over RPM ;)

Anyway. Nokia's not been the best at supporting platform, but if you can
get a cheap old N900 it's a great platform for mobile OSS dev, and has a
great community over at talk.maemo.org. I suspect the device running
Maemo 6 will be even better from the OSS point of view, as more of the
stack is being opened as part of the migration to MeeGo. Very slowly though.

- Jamie


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