The Nokia N900, marketed in Europe in mid-November 2009, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Unlike its predecessors more focused as pocket computers with sliding physical keyboard, the N900 has a 3G modem to make calls.
The particularity of the Nokia N900 lies in the fact that it runs under the operating system developed at the time by Nokia, Maemo, based on a Linux kernel and Debian distribution. This operating system, in its fifth version, will be abandoned for the development of MeeGo-Harmattan which propels the Nokia N9, itself abandoned.
To continue the legacy of Maemo, a team of developers has launched " Maemo Leste". This project is currently based on Debian Ascii (Debian Stretch) and soon on Debian Beowulf (Debian Buster), with recent Linux kernels. In development stage, it is not recommended for the moment to be used on a daily basis on your old Nokia N900, but you can still participate in its development, also on Droid4, AllWinner and Raspberry Pi 2/3 and much more .
The originality of the Nokia N900 has been right of his career, a smartphone more oriented geek than general public, but it remains one of the icons of the brand that we are still many to keep in the bottom of a drawer.