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

    Is it?

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    • #3
      I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by souenzzo View Post
                      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.
                      Have you looked at Jolla? http://jolla.com The other half is where it will come in. There's already been a batch made but the person responsible isn't making any more.

                      Re: N900. I have two atm, I might consider selling one. I was thinking of holding onto it for the neo but if your truly interested...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                        I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
                        Yes, me.

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                        • #13
                          Still is using mine, too! Wouldn't mind a Jolla aa well, though.

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                          • #14
                            Another happy N900 user here, after 4 years it's still working well, even survived a spilled water incident! I have been considering replacing it but so far all other options feel like a compromise, apart from the obvious increase of cpu and ram.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                              I fail to understand why people waste their time on such things. Is anyone still using this phone?
                              yes. back in march i switched from a nexus 4 to the n900. only things i miss from the n4 are the wireless charging, loads of (wasted) ram, and unofficial lte support.

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