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    Question Linux Powered Cell Phones

    I know there have been a few threads on this already, but there's not a whole lot of info with regards to it here or on the web. I found the website for TuxPhone and it hasn't been updated in a few years. That pretty much tells me that their project has been shelved.

    I know there are supposed to at least be some existing cell phones on the market now that will run Linux, if not the capability to build your own cell phone that does. What phones do run on Linux or Ubuntu??? Is there a version of Ubuntu, or another Linux distro, that I can install on a Blackberry, Treo, or similar phone???? Probably not, but is there a way to build your own similar phone that will run Ubuntu or something else???

    I am looking for something like the Blackberry with a full keyboard. Obviously, that design of the TuxPhone won't work.
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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Heard of the nokia n900?

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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Ok, that looks rather cool.

    I've never been sure about the tactile keyboard, mostly because most phones I've seen with one don't have a full size screen. That one does though. I definitely would not be interested in an on-screen keyboard that I have to clean all the time.

    Anybody else know anything????
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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Quote Originally Posted by GNUway Tech View Post
    What phones do run on Linux
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

    What do we read there?
    " ... Android is a mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel ..."
    And therefore we ask Google:
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=...nes&fp=1&cad=b

    Voila. Amongst the links it spits out are these:
    http://www.topandroidphones.com/
    http://www.androphones.com/

    For Debian proper, you might be interested in this?
    http://www.gagogeek.com/softwares/20...htc-android-g1

    Last but not least there is the "OpenMoko" aka "Neo FreeRunner" ... The idea is cool but this phone's hardware sucks badly IMHO (e.g. it only has GPRS, no EDGE, no 3G!)
    http://www.openmoko.com/
    http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Neo_FreeRunner

    I personally I'd rather wait for the Nokia N900 or even go with an iPhone 3GS from Apple. Yes, no kidding. Under all that shiny GUI it's basically a Unix-like OS which becomes easily accessible if you apply the necessary inoffical patches. I have friends who run OpenSSH, SAMBA and VNC off their iPhones; and there is a Synaptic-like package manager called "Cydia" that you can install on patched iPhones (great for getting stuff Apple didn't want to allow into their official AppStore ... )
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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Thanks, Scorp. Do any of those phones run on AT&T??? Is it possible, at all, to install a version of Linux on a phone like a Blackberry and actually make it work right????

    I think Ubuntu Mobile is only made to run on a Netbook.
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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Quote Originally Posted by GNUway Tech View Post
    Is it possible, at all, to install a version of Linux on a phone like a Blackberry and actually make it work right????
    I don't think so. The hardware in those phones is way too weak. That's why e.g. Google had to come up with the Android OS. Android is based on Linux (there is a Linux kernel at its core) but it's also radically different in many other areas ... Those changes were necessary or else the OS would not be able to run on a phone-like device.

    There are some PDA's such as the Sharp Zaurus that are Linux-based too. Maybe you can get one of those?

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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Quote Originally Posted by GNUway Tech View Post
    Do any of those phones run on AT&T???
    Why don't you just Google that??

    As you may have seen I'm from Switzerland which happens to be in Europe ... If it weren't for the creation of the original UNIX back in 1969 I wouldn't even know what AT&T is or that it exists

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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Android is actually a linux based phone operating system. I've not messed around with it personally, but to whomever was asking about it running on an att phone, there are several videos of it running on an HTC TyTn II (ATT Tilt)

    and the iPhone runs unix, which if you jailbreak it gives you access to the unix base. A note though, jailbreaking does void the warranty, and even though I have successfully done it to my phone. I've also been told that it may break the phone during the process.

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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Quote Originally Posted by grturner View Post
    I've also been told that it may break the phone during the process.
    Yes, if it goes wrong you could turn your phone into an "iBrick". Been there, done that

    But there is still a workaround that might get you out of that situation and turn your "iBrick" back into a "iPhone" again:
    http://www.ghacks.net/2008/01/19/res...ricked-iphone/
    http://gizmodo.com/346239/confirmed-...h-firmware-113

    Been there too, done that too

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    Re: Linux Powered Cell Phones

    Quote Originally Posted by GNUway Tech View Post
    a version of Linux on a phone
    OMFG; how could we forget this one?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Pre

    "... The phone was launched on June 6, 2009, and is the first to use Palm's new Linux-based operating system, webOS. ... "

    It should be available in the US of A. Us Euro folk has to wait a bit longer. But then again we usually get all the shiny new Nokia stuff way ahead of you

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