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post May 8 2009, 12:23 PM
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snippage from http://wiki.maemo.org/Mer/About

Mer is a new Linux operating system, built upon a thin base of Ubuntu Jaunty combined with the best open-source elements of Nokia's Maemo platform.

The goals of Mer include:

* Improving and developing parts of Maemo that are of interest to the Maemo community.
* Making it easier to port existing desktop applications by hildonizing and adjusting them to the tablet form factor.
* Encouraging third party experimentation and development.
* Supporting tablet hardware no longer receiving updated OS software by Nokia.
* Making Maemo a generic platform for all tablet devices, including non-Nokia ones.
* Focusing Maemo community efforts in platform-related areas
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post Jul 25 2009, 06:03 AM
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My impression is that at least one of the devs has a Zaurus already.

Also, you should be able to add the Mer repos (assuming they're Z-compatible, which I don't know one way or the other) and install stuff over ZUbuntu already. Anybody feeling particularly adventurous can add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Maemo://Mer://Stable/Ubuntu_9.04/ /

You probably also need these in /etc/apt/preferences:

Package: *
Pin: release a=jaunty
Pin-Priority: 800

Package: *
Pin: origin download.opensuse.org
Pin-Priority: 801

Just remember, I haven't tested this myself, and can't/don't support it. It may or may not work, and you possibly will FUBAR your install. Anyway, have fun.
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