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What a nice group

I was minding my own business yesterday on a number of IRC channels when I was pinged by a member of the Arch Mobile team. Apparently they had come across my post regarding installing Arch on the Nokia N810, panicking that I’d written something wrong I hopped over to #arch-arm where I came across a very friendly group of people.

After a few questions about my seriousness of installing Arch on my N810 the main protagonist threw me curve ball which took me by surprise “How’d you fancy being a Dev?” Now I keep telling everyone who will listen I don’t code and I’ve never written a program. This did not seem to phase them;

welcomeCan you configure X?

Er yeah I have done on the odd occasion.

Can you use /make /make install etc?

Yeah with varying levels of success.

Then you should not have any problems and we can help you with packaging

I was totally shocked, surely these people are not Open Source developers? Where’s the grouchiness? Where’s the put down line? Where’s the wall of silence? No what I found was some friendly people who went out of ‘their’ way to track down a nobody who had shown some interest in their project.

If you’re what I’d call a proper developer and fancy helping these people out or would like to get involved then hop over to or #arch-arm

As soon as I buy a bigger Micro SD card I will definately have a go at installing then hopefully I will feel less of a fraud and take them up on their offer.

Arch Mobile

archmobileI came across the Arch on Freerunner site by accident a couple of weeks ago, before I started seeing posts about it on the arch-general mailing list.

I’m not a mobile phone fan as far as I’m concerned I just want to make a call, send a text and maybe the odd picture and thats it what caught my attention was the image of Arch Linux running on an N800.

Now I own an N810 which Father Christmas gave me two years ago, its pretty good but to be honest I have blitz’s with it some months I’ll use it most days other times it sits in my pocket feeling unloved and unused. I have installed Easy-Debian but would love to have Arch on instead the problem is there are instructions for getting it on the Freerunner but not specific ones for the N800 let alone the N810. If you read the projects home page the Author seems a little disgruntled and openly admits that the project is ‘stalled’ for the minute.

shout-at-machineI need to beg, steal, borrow or buy an 8GB Mini SD card, which is another gripe, what is it with Google et al? You type in 8GB Mini SD and it comes back with loads of Micro SD options! I find myself screaming at the screen “I cant use Micro SD I want Mini you steaming pile of horse dung” anyway once I have acquired a memory card I will have a go at installing and see if I can turn my N810 into a brick.

If anyone has a proper step by step guide for installing on an N810 can they let me know, send me a link or email me the instructions.