Toward a freer Android
Posted Oct 6, 2009 22:23 UTC (Tue) by fyodor
In reply to: Toward a freer Android
Parent article: Toward a freer Android
I'm also impatiently awaiting the Maemo-5 based Nokia n900. How can I not, when the hardware specs (especially the 800x480 screen) are to die for and their professed philosophy is the following?
If freedom is your concern then you don't need to 'unlock' or 'jailbreak' Maemo 5. From installing an application to getting root access, it's you who decide. We trust you, and at the end it's your device. Nokia also trusts the open source community in general and the Maemo community particularly helping in getting casual users through the experience path. The N900 might just be a new and successful entry point for a new wave of open source users and developers.
Also, Jonathan is planning to get one, so I'm looking forward too a not-so-grumpy-editor review coming up.
Google claimed Android was going to be a very open Linux phone, but I'm just not impressed by their follow through :(. I'm hoping the n900 can be the open source answer to the iPhone. My Nmap Security Scanner is already available for its predecessor, the n810, and it should work just as well on the n900. No jailbreaking or root hacking necessary.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go back to checking the Amazon page every day for a pre-order shipment date. It is supposed to happen this month! Also, I recently found an extremely detailed review of the n900.
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