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From: Ron Guerin
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To: Ruben Safir
Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Nokia N800 Quick Review
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Ruben Safir wrote:
> Up until now I'm very disappointed wih the Nokia Tablet we won
> at the launching. For the like of me I can't understand why there
> is no shell or xterm. The first thing my daughter said when she picked
> it up was "How do I get the terminal". Unfortunately, that has been
> the highlight of the devices use thus far. It is a PIA and locked down.
No, it's not locked-down (see below), Nokia actually wants you to write
apps for it. What they're apparently not looking to have you do is
reflash the unit with something other than their image, but that's
beside the point of this discussion.
> How can you install even an SSH client without a damn terminal?
Sorry I'm so late in catching up here. First, before you argue with me,
let's get one thing clear, I don't agree with Nokia's choices. I would
have put the terminal program in there for you if I were Nokia. That
said, I understand what they've done and it's easy to explain. They
obviously don't want "Joe User" running into anything vaguely looking
like a PC. The device is supposed to have that kind of Apple-ish thing
that appeals to people who have fear and loathing of accidentally
falling into a shell.
Ok, so now that you understand what they're doing, feel free to send
them some feedback telling them they got it wrong. I'd agree with that.
It *is* a PIA to customize it, but not because Nokia doesn't want you
to. They have a whole community web site about it. It's a PIA because
you have to go out to the Internet and find the community site, and it's
a lot less convenient than it should be since I doubt people are really
going to buy the thing to run just the installed software, which I
personally find completely uninteresting, other than the browser and the
FM radio. Oh, did you know there's an FM radio in it?
And here's what you're really looking for:
Red pill or blue pill, Ruben?