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Thread: Years Later, Mainline Linux Supports Nokia's N900 Modem

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    Default Years Later, Mainline Linux Supports Nokia's N900 Modem

    Phoronix: Years Later, Mainline Linux Supports Nokia's N900 Modem

    The Nokia N900 smartphone launched in 2009 and for a time was quite popular with Linux enthusiasts, now has a modem driver within the mainline Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTcwNzY

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    Default The very first (smart)phones to have a free modem driver?

    Is it?

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    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
    Could still be a nice phone with an up to date kernel/Qt and the like. I miss the keyboard and the built-in radio emitter, among other things. I don't miss the 256Mb of RAM though.

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    I'm still trying to buy one.
    There is a better phone than the N900?
    I will not consider your response if it does not have a QWERTY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
    Mine still serves me well after 4 years. How many normal smartphones do normal people throw away in that period of time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
    I fail to understand your comment. And I am still using mine.

    It is an important issue and the point has to be made. In most smart phones today, the user has no control of the modem. It could be communicating all the time, using software with backdoors or whatever, without the user knowing. If the driver is free and open source software, the user will be able to control when the modem is used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
    Is still have not found a smartphone better suitable to my needs yet. It would need a hardware keyboard and android is not an option. There simply has not been any viable alternative since the N900...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    Is anyone still using this phone?
    In case it's useful for someone, there's the Neo900: http://neo900.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmad View Post
    I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
    It is the best smartphone available for me.

    It has a real Linux distro, not Android
    It has a physical keyboard
    It has a resistive screen, not capacitive, and a stylus to go with it

    I still use mine, though I need to switch to my backup one probably as this one has been dropped a few too many times.

    I am greatly looking forward to the Neo900

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