OpenOffice.org and the Gimp on the N900

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I have had my N900 for about one month now. During that time I have enjoyed several “Wow!” moments. For example, being able to use the web just as if I was on my desktop, including heavy javascript and flash sites such as Google Maps, Google Docs, GMail, Photobucket, etc. was amazing to me. Being a Linux user for many years, I really enjoy having access to a terminal application with access to root and to tools like the vi text editor. Being able to use Python to develop right on the device and to be able to use my own old Python programs, such as 7Squeeze, gave me that very warm feeling of validation. But, the N900 had one more big Wow! moment in store for me, one that I truly did not expect.

I heard about something called Easy Debian. It supposedly would let you run full blown Desktop Linux programs right on the N900. My initial reaction was, “yeah right”. Nevertheless, even Guido Van Rossum, the creator of Python, got exited when he saw his creation running (somewhat) on a Palm device. So, I figured that those raving about Easy Debian where probably just a bunch of geeks happy see some Linux programs running on the N900, even though they were probably useless in practice.

The Wow! moment