General precautions

The point of this article is to give guidelines how to avoid tablet "reflashing" (see definition below). Yes, Maemo has command line access and everybody can gain superuser priviledges easily. With great power comes great responsibility. The base system can of course be installed again, aka "reflashed". If you are interested in reflashing and want to know more, please read article Updating the tablet firmware


How to stay safe

Staying in the safe side is rather easy. Install only signed software with software installer, and don't open command line application (xterm). The latter can be ignored if you don't know how to use the command line. You can find more info about xterm in article Terminal

Take backups

Always keep valuable data in at least two places! This can't be emphasized enough!

The Don'ts -- what to avoid


  • Gaining root access (see article Root access)
  • Copy-pasting commands from internet to command line

Application manager:

  • Taking the Red Pill
  • Enabling the extras-devel repository. (see Extras#Extras-devel)
  • Installing non-optified applications. (This issue is temporary)

If something has already occurred

You should start with article Troubleshooting and see how the situation can be saved.