For the loyal N900 users, the community keeps on giving. Fresh in the footsteps of the MeeGo Conference release, comes the Summer Edition of MeeGo goodness for the Nokia N900. MeeGo for the N900 is now called the Community Edition instead of the Developer Edition and the current release concentrates on making everything ‘faster and fancier‘. The focus has been on improving the performance, e.g. the application start-up time and boot up.
There release also brings critical bug fixes to the phone, SMS, browser and camera apps, while adding new apps like Terminal, Package manager and GPRS settings along with a bunch of community applications and an extras client. Click through to this page for more details.
If you are keen on trying it out, head to the N900 MeeGo Community Edition page and get downloading, you will find detailed installation instructions there. If you want to come back to Maemo 5 on the N900 as your only OS, there are instructions for that as well.
The the MeeGo preview for the N900 first came out, in order to install it you need to make your own image and then flash it onto the N900. Things have moved along since then and a ready to flash MeeGo image is now available from Nokia’s own servers. So if you have been wanting to install MeeGo on the N900 but have been waiting for it to become just a little easier, the necessary guides are here.
But before you embark on the MeeGo journey with your N900, please keep in mind that this is still very much a developmental release and that it holds no value for an everyday users and if you think you fall under that category, its better to hold off. There also some issues with backlighting, which are being discussed here.
As promised, Day 1 is here and with it comes the first release of MeeGo for the N900. As of now this release is intended for the experienced N900 hackers only and should be of little interest to the majority of N900 users. Once installed on the N900 you will see that there is no GUI (Graphical User Interface) and the activity is limited to the terminal only.
If you have decided that you absolutely need MeeGo on your N900, there are numerous ways to install it. You can get pre-built images or make one of your own. You can do a native install or a chroot install or try out alternative boot methods mentioned. The ARM wiki for Meego has detailed instructions, depending on the method you choose:
Obtaining MeeGo images for N900
Installing MeeGo on N900
Native installation method is intended only for experienced N900 hackers at this point. If you choose to try it, you are doing it completely on your own risk.
Chroot install is safer way to try MeeGo without erasing Maemo 5 from your N900 device. Still, you need to know what you are doing.
At any point, if you want Maemo 5 back, follow this tutorial: