It was inevitable. One can now run the entire Debian distribution (ARM port) on the Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Slashdot previously covered the July 4th launch of this GNU/Linux-based smartphone, which is open down to its core, with the company providing CAD files and schematics for the phone. Openmoko released an update to their software stack earlier this month, called Om2008.8, which is still a work in progress. But now one can use these instructions on the Debian wiki to open up the possibility of using apt-get to access Debian’s more than 20,000 applications–on your phone, which due to integration with freesmartphone.org efforts, can also actually be used as a phone. There were previously efforts to run Debian on the predecessor product to the Neo FreeRunner, the Neo 1973, but with the wider adoption of the Neo FreeRunner and the hard work of many Debian developers at the ongoing DebConf8, carrying Debian in your pocket has just gotten a lot easier.
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