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Old 01-06-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
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Nokia N900: Maemo vs. Android - what makes Maemo a winner?

Because many people have suggested that my prejudice against Maemo isn't backed by facts, I would like to ask people who are more intimate with Maemo to share what makes Maemo better than Android based on core functionality, development support, supported languages, interoperability between apps, the ability to change any element of the interface and the shell with another (like change the keyboard, the contact app, the camera app), syncing and cloud-computing etc.
I found the Nokia N900 Unlocked Maemo only $479, I'm open to suggestions why I should like Maemo. Then i may get one
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Well from what i have researched on Maemo, it is more of a full on linux kernel then Android. Although a big supporter of Android myself, Maemo looks to be a truely more linux based platform especially if they fully port the tablet edition to the N900. The ability to easily port an linux application makes this a much better suited platform then Android simply because the amount of linux programs is vast. Granted since space is limited on the N900 this could be seen as a hinderance since most linux programs can eat huge amounts of memory like Open Office. And as far as i can tell this has the most true browser running off of mozilla with flash support(which i could care less about). I think the biggest difference is who is behind each OS. Nokia and a vast open source community are behind Maemo while Google and its community stand behind Android. From a preformance and customability stand point Maemo is looking like the better Smart Phone since it is basically Linux powering it, while Android is a more mass marketed smart phone with bits of linux running it. It might be a hard sell for me to stick with android when it comes time to upgrade especially if the N900 runs as good as they are saying it will.
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Maemo is based on Debian, and you can run afaik as good as all programs from the Debian ARM repos, so that alone is a huge selling point for me pro N900
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And Maemo is not by Google (a downpoint considering googles reputation to spy).


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