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

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Sun Mar 21 13:24:56 EDT 2010


Sorry to dredge this thread up...

Where do Palm WebOS devices fit into the "openness" spectrum?  I would
like a smart phone that could do more than run java scripts.  I would
like to be able to run OpenVPN on my phone and maybe (CPU-willing) some
kind of limited file encryption and am not afraid to roll my own given a
build environment.  A quick look shows Maemo offers these sorts of apps
too. Maybe Maemo and WebOS users could volunteer lightning reviews of
why their systems are (not?) so great.

Thanks!
Lori


On Mon, 2010-03-15 at 16:19 -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> 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.
>                         
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