Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 16:00 UTC
In the News An interesting discussion is currently raging through the world of computing, or more accurately, through the world of bloggers and analysts. It basically comes down to this: should the iPad be included in laptop and desktop sales figures? If it is included - Apple becomes the largest PC manufacturer in the United States. But, if the iPad should be included - why not the modern smartphone?
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RE[5]: Special vs General
by leech on Tue 19th Oct 2010 03:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Special vs General"
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My Pre runs webOS (ie, Linux), but it is far from a general purpose OS or computer. My friend's N900 is the same. webOS and Maemo have about as little resemblance to RHEL or Ubuntu as WM does to Windows.


Wow, apparently your friend doesn't know his N900 very well.

I can actually go to packages.debian.org and select almost any armel package and install it on my N900. Granted the screen size makes it annoying to use some applications and some of the larger unoptimized ones may run a bit on the slow side, but it would run any program just as well as a computer that is running with 256MB of ram.

To say that the N900 is a smart phone and not just a mini-PC that can make phone calls is really showing that someone hasn't used one.

By the way, I love my N900. I also love Debian, on which Maemo is based. And yes, even OpenOffice.org runs on it (although slowly).

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