New users

Note: First edit, and fleshing out as we go along, please help if you'd like to make it clearer! Note that this doesn't actually bring anything new per se, but hopefully starts putting it in a single place. Or something.

Welcome to, the heart of the Maemo community, and the central clearinghouse for things related to the Maemo operating system, and the devices that run it (including the 770, N800, N810 and N900). You may have come in here from the intro page, or from a web search, for from a link to the New Users page someplace. Wherever you came from, here's hoping this little page can help satisfy your needs.

If you're new to Maemo, thinking of buying a device like the N900, or just interested in whether or not this is for you, you've come to the right place. Here, and in the pages we point to from here, we'll try to answer your questions and concerns. If we don't, then all you need to do is ask (we'll tell you how to do that too).

Ready to dive in?


What is Maemo

Best answered by having a look at this page: Maemo basics and then here if you feel adventurous!

What Devices does Maemo Power?

There have been a few (see here and here for an overview.

Because the latest device is likely why you're here, let's talk about that.

If you want to know more about the N810, N800 or 770 Internet Tablet, the best place to start is here and follow the links.

The N900 =

(Make a link to a new page with FAQs about the device here...) The N900 is the evolution of the tablets, due to be released to the public in the last quarter of 2009. Nokia's N900 page has a great overview you might enjoy reading. We'll also sketch out some details here, and try to answer some of your more immediate questions.


Do we really want to list the hardware again? Can we do it in a more colloquial fashion?

What are some basic questions that keep coming up regarding hardware? Answer them here


The N900 is a pocketable computer with plenty of power (speed and memory) for running many demanding applications. You might be interested in gaming, or office applications, scientific applications, social media, movies or tunes. Being a computer first, the N900 is capable of handling all of these. If there's not an app yet, there almost certainly will be one at some point (you could also write it or port it yourself...)

What are some basic questions that keep coming up regarding software? Answer them here

How do I find more information?

If you're into reading FAQs, we have one here.

The site is a community-based discussion (bulletin) board with a great many knowledgeable users, developers, and just plain curious types. It's a great place to find answers to your questions, but you should be sure to use the Search facility first.

Who can I ask?

We can put something related to greeters of helpers here, including the possibility of asking a helper directly? Perhaps a text entry box to ask the burning question? (If you wanted to know one more thing, what would it be?)