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Nokia Internet Tablet : Sysadmins’ friend?

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A bane of the system administrator’s (SA) job is on-call work. You either end up lugging a laptop or making a dash for the nearest machine when things go wrong. . It would be nice to have something that was a bit more portable but had enough tools to fix most issues. The Nokia Internet Tablets (N770 and N800) offer a mostly complete Linux environment and are quite portable, but can they really offer SA’s more freedom?

Out of the box, the N770 offers the basics: web browsing, e-mail, IM (via Google Talk) and some multimedia support. These native apps, while generally useful, don’t apply for most system tasks. We’ll take a look at what works, what doesn’t, and what can be added.

Let’s start with the bad:

1. The default email client bites.
2. When the battery gets low, things get consistently crashy.
3. Web browsing can be slow.

Now the good:

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