How to install Debian with OpenOffice, Firefox 3, and more on your Nokia N810 easy

Having fun with Android on the Nokia N810, are we? While you’re at it, why don’t you take a look at another hack again spawned by a fiddly member of the Internet Tablet Talk forums, which is, installing Debian on the Nokia N810.

This Debian install, like the one with Android, is so easy (or so I’ve been told) although you’re going to need quite a bit of time for the whole process to complete. You’ll need an extra memory card and 1.3GB of free space, plus time on your hands because as I said, this takes quite a while.

N810 running Debian

Don’t worry, though. The poster promises the hack will be worth it. OpenOffice, Firefox 3, AbiWord and IceVM (plus a whole lot more of extras) will come with the Debian install, which are certainly more than enough to make this a must-have for power-users on the N810. If you can stand the inherent slowness, that is.

Running the aforementioned apps, of course, will be slow considering that the Nokia N810 isn’t really a full-blown PC. So how exactly do you install Debian with these apps and more on the N810?

First, download and install “easy-deb-chroot” onto your Nokia N810 using the Application Manager. [Link]

Then, navigate to the Extras sub-menu, find “Debian Image Installer” and launch it. This is the part where you wait (about an hour at the shortest, possibly longer).

Lastly, REBOOT.

And that’s it! You can find additional info and links on the Internet Tablet Talk forums. Remember this does not come without caveats. Other than some of the apps running slower than you would have wanted, there’s a possibility of you losing some data if you experience problems.

At the moment, though this is a very easy and great way to pimp your Nokia N810. So get on with it if you dare.

Internet Tablet Talk via MaxAsia

Author: David Gonzales

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  • http://www.maxasia.net Max!

    Hi David,
    that would be much appreciated if you could credit me for the image. Also, please kindly change “MaxAsia” to “Maxasia.net”.

    Cheers,
    Max ( http://www.maxasia.net/ )

  • http://byteofpi.wordpress.com/ Jake (aka Jawee)

    I don't have any problem with you asking for image credit, but asking for your linkback to be made a certain way is a bit over the top. Having a variation of names linking to you can only help you to be found on search engines easier anyway.

  • qole

    I don't think I say anywhere that you can lose “some data if you experience problems”… Unfortunately, that bit of vague, ominous info has propagated to hackaday.com too. Sigh.

  • http://www.unwiredview.com David Gonzales

    Was I wrong or what?

    “Please note, however, that, in order to run properly on the tablet, running Debian apps have access to a lot of stuff, and they can possibly do damage, although none has been reported so far…”

  • http://www.unwiredview.com David Gonzales

    Was I wrong or what?

    “Please note, however, that, in order to run properly on the tablet, running Debian apps have access to a lot of stuff, and they can possibly do damage, although none has been reported so far…”