Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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The Nokia 770 is an internet tablet designed to connect to the internet with 802.11b/g WLAN or through a phone with Bluetooth. It has a nice 800 x 480 screen (64k colors) and quite a few apps on board. The underlying OS is the Debian GNU/Linux derivative, BusyBox. As it stands, the device is not a phone.

The day after my 770 arrived, I read a review in the Washington Post where the guy really didn't like the unit at all. I like it a lot, so I thought about his reasons. My conclusion is that the reviewer is a Windows guy. As such, he would have been less likely to find the other wonderful stuff that's floating around for the 770. In any case, quite a few people have been working on the 770, which richens the experience considerably.

The Machine

Out of the box, the 770 does quite a few things, including being a music and video player. The official lineup of software includes:

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