Note: This mode has been disabled since the PR 1.1 firmware.
First things first, I absolutely DO NOT encourage you to give the Application Manager on your N900 the Red Pill treatment. Red Pill is an Application manager mode that disables certain safety features, and allows access to certain additional settings.
It changes the way Application manager behaves, primarily by removing many of the safety locks that prevent users from installing harmful packages, or upgrading or replacing important system packages (which can result in reboot loops). As you can probably gather, it is not intended to be used by normal users and according to the wiki, not even by power users and the vast majority of developers.
That being said, it is incredibly useful for one thing – installing .DEB files. With the N900, Nokia has hidden the mode that allowed you to install .deb files directly and now you can only install applications via various repositories, this is done so that various application dependencies are automatically installed. However, at times there are occasions when you need to directly install an application and that is where the Red Pill mode comes in.
Yes, its the Matrix all over again and you have got to admit, it does sound cool. Here is how you can enable the ‘Red Pill’ mode and avoid using the complicated Terminal method of .DEB installation.
- Open Application manager and go to “Tools -> Application catalogue”
- Click “New”
- Type “matrix” into the “Web Address” field
- Tap outside the window.
- Tap “Red” in the dialog to enabled Red Pill mode, or “Blue” to keep the Application manager as-is or to disable Red Pill.
- The Red-Pill mode is not persistent after being enabled. Closing the Application manager, disables Red Pill.
Once you have the “Red Pill’ mode enabled, you will see an option titled ‘Install from file’. Click on it and navigate to the .DEB you have on your N900. Select and the Application Manager will automatically install it.
I would once again like to emphasize, please don’t play with these settings as you could end up bricking your N900.