[sf-lug] Mobile Linux, glibc, Java

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 09:32:31 PST 2011

Thanks for the report. I am already on the Meego mailing list but 
haven't read it closely enough lately. I shall pay more attention, and I 
look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Thanks for your advice re Tmo's EMP. I will look into that. How much 
does it cost, roughly?

Can you tell us when we might expect MeeGo handsets?

If anyone would like, I'd be happy to allow you to play with my N900. 
Unfortunately I teach at the Crucible Sunday mornings and can't come to 
the regular sf-lug meeting. But I do run an Arduino workshop at my 
studio in Berkeley Tuesday evenings and you all are welcome to come to 
that, whether to play with Arduino or N900. Details upon request (so as 
not to shamelessly promote).

Alison mentions international. I have used my N900 in the UK and it 
worked seamlessly. For awhile I just used it on wifi (skype!) and then I 
bought a pay-as-you-go local SIM card and it worked fine including data, 
although it did require the store clerk to send me (via SMS) a special 
configuration which was a little tricky. Since the N900 was not for 
sale, it required a clerk who knew that the N900 was the same as some 
other Nokia, and he sent me the config for that phone.

That reminds me, I _did_ use data on my N900, when I was in the UK! It 
was great. Maps, google, skype: it all worked.

On 02/08/2011 09:51 PM, Alison Chaiken wrote:
> Michael writes:
>> I've heard conflicting rumors about the future of devices that support Maemo/Meego.
> There are 3 devices shipping right now with MeeGo (two tablets and a
> set-top box).    More will be announced at Mobile World Congress
> starting this weekend.    As far as I know, there will be no further
> devices shipped with Maemo, although Maemo is fully open sourced and
> there is nothing to prevent anyone from putting it on any device they
> want, as with any other Linux distro.
>> Alison, I want to help with the conference. Where do I sign up?
> I recommend signing up for the meego-events mailing list:
> http://lists.meego.com/listinfo/meego-events
> I connect my N900 via the T-Mo "Even More Plus" plan, which is a
> better deal for heavy data users than anything advertised on the
> T-Mobile website.   To get EMP, you must call up and inquire for it by
> name.     I learned about EMP by listening to the wonderful "Engadget
> Mobile" podcast and by reading tnkgrl's website.    Connecting via
> WiFi, as others have related, is no problem.    To debug your wifi on
> N900, drop to shell and try a ping, or run "dmesg | grep wlan"!
>> After that 3G, 4G I am not sure but I think the N900 does 3G max...
> The only 4G phone on the market right now is the Sprint Evo that runs
> WiMax.     There are no LTE phones yet.    The current advertising
> about 4G is pure BS.     N900 runs on any GSM network (meaning T-Mo,
> AT&T and overseas) and supports HSPA+, which is widely available in
> the Bay Area and quite reasonably fast:
> http://twitter.com/tnkgrl/status/26395546205
>> Anyway thanks for the info, I have pondered the N900 seen on Ebay and
>> considered the design but seeing that indeed it needs a hardware update.
> Yes!   The N900 is 18 months old.
>> Anybody upgrades, keep me in mind to buy your old N900 when the time comes
>> to replace it.
> When MeeGo handsets start to ship, N900s will be very cheap.

Michael Shiloh

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