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Linux PDA & Handheld Compatibility Survey: Nokia

You want to use your Nokia (tm) Internet Tablet PDA or Handheld PC together with a Linux based computer? Here are links to compatibility and configuration guides about Linux and PDAs manufactured by Nokia (tm). The general resource section at the bottom, contains links to useful Linux utilities (mostly available under GPL), community efforts, HOWTOs and FAQs. Have you written a report yourself? Then please feel free to submit a new entry.

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Maemo is a development platform to create applications for Nokia 770 Internet Tablet and other compliant handheld devices.

Maemo Mapper

Maemo Mapper is a geographical mapping tool that can be used to:

  • Download map data to your device's main memory or to an external memory card.
  • View that map data on the screen.
  • Navigate that map data by panning around the screen and zooming in and out.
  • Display your position and other GPS information from a GPS receiver.
  • Store and display Point-of-Interest (POI) data.
  • Download directions between arbitrary points on the map.
  • Save or open track data or route data.

Maemo Mapper uses OpenStreetMap data by default, but can use Google and Yahoo maps. The 800x480 screen makes the N8x0 a good device for viewing maps on. Maemo Mapper will also provide you with voice directions if (a) you have preloaded the route and (b) you have the TTS engine installed. Changes enroute would require you to have internet access (e.g., able to tether to a cellphone or be in a Wifi area).


FBReader is an e-book reader for Linux PDAs and desktop computers. FBReader currently works on Sharp Zaurus, Siemens Simpad with Opensimpad ROM, Nokia 770 Internet Tablet and Linux desktop computers. FBReader supports several e-book formats: plucker, palmdoc, zTXT, HTML, fb2, and plain text.

SDict Viewer

SDict Viewer is a viewer for dictionaries in an open format developed by AXMA Soft. The primary goal of the project is to provide a usable dictionary application for the Nokia 770 and Nokia N800 running Maemo. Because SDict Viewer is written in Python and its user interface is implemented in PyGTK, it should be possible to run it on any platform where Python and PyGTK are available. Many free dictionaries, reference books, and encyclopedias are available for download.

PyMaemo - Python for Maemo

Python for Maemo (PyMaemo for short) main objective is to make possible to use [WWW] Python programming language as the scripting and development language for Maemo Platform, providing a better alternative for fast prototyping and programming in Maemo environment besides the C programming language.


Symbolica is a remake of the C-64 game of the same name. It is targeted to the Linux-based handhelds gp2x and N800, with a Linux/386 binary also provided. It should compile under any operating system supported by SDL, SDL_image, and SDL_ttf. The symbols on the screen represent a numeric value in the order they are displayed on the right. As you move over a symbol, it decrements to the next lower symbol or disappears. Your job is to clear the screen and move to the 'E' symbol.

KDE Ported to Nokia's Linux-Powered Web Tablets

"A community developer has ported Linux's KDE desktop environment to Nokia's Internet tablets. The port appears to run on both the N800 and -- with the addition of an RS-MMC card upgrade -- the older 770 tablet. ..."


CUON is an ERP system with a powerful document management system. The server runs on Linux systems. The client works on Linux, Windows, and some small PDAs like the Nokia N800. You can manage addresses, articles, projects, and so on. On some installations, more than 1,000,000 adresses are supported. CUON has its own report server to build documents and reports and a Web server for iCal and scheduling.


0xFFFF is a free fiasco firmware flasher utility. It allows you to upgrade firmwares and separated pieces via USB on your n770 and n800 Internet tablets.


  • The Handhelds Mojo projects objective is to provide complete, standard desktop distributions for mobile and embedded devices.
  • The purpose of the Deblet Project is to provide a Debian-based distribution targetting the Nokia Internet Tablets (Nokia 770, N800, N810, etc.), making them Deblets.
  • Ports

    Whitepaper: Porting Android to a New Device

    This paper describes the how Android 1.0 was first ported to Nokia's N810 Internet tablet. A fascinating, well-told tale in its own right, it may also help others to gauge the time and resources that may be required for similar porting projects.


Bend Nokia's N800/770 to Your Will: Configuration & Packaging

"This is a full how to on how to configure your Nokia internet tablet and create you own package foir it. This will allow you large scale deployment of standard configuration and to create a package that will contain your settings as you want them so that you can restore and apply each time you upgrade the firmware with a single click!"

Quick Howto for Qt Development on the Maemo platform

This tutorial explains how to install ScratchBox and the Maemo SDK.


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