Michal Čihař - N950 experiences

N950 experiences

As I hav ethis toy for more than week, I can share a little more information about it. Please note that some experiences are based on fact that this is my first "big" phone with touchscreen.

The big screen is great for reading. Much better than my old Nokia E52. It is also much better readable on direct sun light. The dark side of this is of course power consumption, but I think this might still get improved for production pieces.

Having Linux on the phone is nice, ssh to phone and you can do anything comfortably with real keyboard (N950's QWERTY keyboard is great, but still quite small). Having Debian based system there is even better, though I felt a bit strange when I first ran apt-get upgrade on my phone :-). Well there are some changes from standard Debian system like extented fields in debian/control for icons, but generally it feels pretty much as Debian.

There are lot of things to try on N950, you can find some hints on N950 landing page, I still need to try most of that :-).


Lomo wrote on July 29, 2011, 9:45 p.m.

It's just too bad the N950 cannot be purchased and won't be sold :(

wrote on July 29, 2011, 11:02 p.m.

I'm reading you talking about meego and that it is Debian based, but on meego's web I read it is rpm based, so I don't understand it. is your nokia still based on maemo instead of meego? Are there two meego branches?

wrote on July 30, 2011, 1:30 a.m.

N950 is running something called "Meego 1.2 Harmattan". It's sort of a hybrid beast, halfway between the older Debian and GTK+ based Maemo 5, and the RPM and Qt based Meego. I've heard that Nokia received a special trademark permission to brand it "Meego".

And then Elop happened and all future plans got scrambled.

wrote on July 30, 2011, 5:37 p.m.

I wonder what's the point in developping for something in between maemo and meego :-?

wrote on July 31, 2011, 6:46 p.m.

I guess Nokia already had some infrastructure for handling .deb packages, but they wanted to migrate to Qt (for obvious reasons). Still I might be completely wrong :-).

wrote on Aug. 2, 2011, 12:58 a.m.

But it seems meego will be rpm based, so they'll have to drop debs anyway, so why continue with a mixture instead of going pure meego? Anyway... just thinking...