Following my questions on the freeness of the Nokia N900, I received quite a lot of comments. I’m trying to summarize the most important points here.
- Maemo is not 100% free software. There are some proprietary components. The Free Maemo wiki page lists them all, and there are some explanations on Why the closed packages.
- The Mer project (install notes for N900) aims at providing a 100% free alternative to Maemo.
- It’s possible to rebuild/upgrade the kernel, however the newest kernel build-depends on a fiasco-gen package that is not provided. It is being worked on.
- Nokia is sponsoring someone to work on Maemo derivatives.