[kwlug-disc] by the way, yes, i *did* get a telus milestone android phone

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Mar 15 16:19:35 EDT 2010


The way I understand it is ...

Android phones are Linux based. This includes Robert's Motorola Milestone.
Google allows you to write apps in Java, and all that, but does not want you
to mess with the lower level stack (drivers, Linux, ...etc.)

Nokia N900's runs Maemo which is a full Linux stack. I think they don't
restrict anything although some stuff by definition may be close (perhaps
the SIM card drivers, GSM drivers, ...etc.). They have a repository where
you can install stuff from. They *should* have the source available
somewhere too.

But recently Maemo merged with Intel's Moblin and they say that going
forward they will use RPM, not Debian (if that matters to you).


On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> are phones now available that are truly based on linux, i.e. code that's
> effectively hackable?  Can I buy a phone and have access to code from the
> opensource world of geeks?
>
>
> Chris Bruner wrote:
>
>> Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>
>>>  now i just need the time to dig into it.  but i'm already liking it.
>>>
>>> rday
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>>>
>> Looking forward to your review.
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