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Ubuntu Software on N810

So I finally got my time!

So I just needed a little time to install software and put out some screenshots for you guys to see what can be done with Mer/Ubuntu on the N810.  I already gave you a few in a previous post.. including Scribus, Gimp, Vuze and FileZilla.  Of those 4 the only one NOT usable was Vuze… this little tablet simply doesn’t have the power for that Java heavy app.  It launches, but takes like 20-30 minutes to do so.

So now lets look at some of the more important pieces of software that everyone will want:

Thought I’d give it a try!

So.. I thought I’d try the new “easy” Linux for newbies and see what progress has been made to top Ubuntu.  Of course.. Linux Mint is so built on Ubuntu that it actually still uses it’s repositories!! Interesting.

Update – Been busy


Hey All,

Past couple of days have been quite busy for me and I haven’t had time to get any further with the N810 or work on any other projects.  I’ll definitely have something up by this weekend.  See some software below.

Well, here we go!

So, when I last left you I said that I would show you what this thing can do and load a fully functional LXDE desktop from the Ubuntu packages.

You can do this from either inside Maemo, chrooted into your Mer partition, or, if you are still staring at the pretty blue Mer desktop from my last entry.. you can do all this right from the terminal in there.

Note: The commands I use will not include the word “sudo”, and all must be run as root unless otherwise specified.  So “su -” up and lets get started.

Let’s see what happens!

NOTE: Mer 0.7 is very outdated. To keep up with the newer versions you can follow it at

So, I have had the Nokia N810 for quite some time now and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with this little device.  When the Deblet project came around, introducing a FULL debian based OS on this little device I was all over it.  I setup my own repository and even configured KDE4 and Enlightenment for it.