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Submission + - Nokia announces N800, developer device program

Sunspire writes: Today at CES, Nokia's CEO announced the immediate availability of the Nokia N800 Linux-powered Internet tablet. Compared to its predecessor the 770, the N800 sports twice the memory, dual SD slots, the same brilliant 225 DPI screen and a beefier ARMv6 core. Nokia also cited partnerships with both Skype and Rhapsody to bring the services to the tablet. Nokia also announced a Developer Device Program at their developer site maemo.org, whereby 500 Open Source developers in the Maemo community will be able to buy a N800 for just $99. The company has been busy grabbing prominent developers from the Open Source community and is now one of the a key backers of the GNOME software stack, including GTK, D-Bus and GStreamer, supporting the projects through both sponsorships and code. The tablets are a strange fusion of proprietary and Open Source software, and so far it seems to be benefiting all parties involved.

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