Debian on Smartphones/Tablets

Please add some valuable information to help this project move forward. :)

This page is about tracking every initiative to fully or partially install the system on mobile platforms:


Debian is the universal operating system. Thus, it needs to run on smartphone/tablet hardware. This wiki page is a tool to help bring Debian to mobile platforms.

It would be great if Debian could run on many kinds of smartphone hardware: iPhones, Android capable HW, Windows Mobile HW, etc.

The software should allow dual booting, into both Debian and any software that came with the hardware.

Debian on smartphones should have GUI capabilities, appropriate to the hardware capabilities.

It would also be great if Debian could run applications written to be native to the original OS for the hardware. This will enable Debian to serve the many people in society who want to easily use those applications.

Debian might benefit from having its own User Interface, or UIs, based on progression from the desktop Debian UIs - ex, GNOME or KDE. It would be great if the GNOME, KDE and other GUI communities could come to agreement on a common UI for Debian, to save unnecessary duplication of development effort, both of the Debian UI, and application software for Debian. Also to save the users from having to learn unnecessary extra UIs.

===Origin and Purpose===

To get this wiki page started, see the original message I sent suggesting this project. It includes some reference URLs, to help seed thinking on Debian on smartphones development.


Many people made useful replies to that email, and it would be great if they would add their suggestions of software components, foundations, and URLs thereof to this page. If we all take a few minutes to make contributions to this page when we have something valuable to add, this page will grow to be a great resource for us all. So, please take a moment to add something valuable to this page right now, or when you have the opportunity. :)

This page could use contributions like: Links to component software (embeded debian, GRUB, UIs, etc).

Software developers can write software for the many parts of this system and put links on this page to those components.

Writers can produce articles about Debian on smartphones in emails to the relevant Debian mailing lists, blogs, web pages and for the general media.

Artists can create the graphics and multimedia for Debian on smartphones.

Packagers can put it all together so people can download and install it on their smartphones.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for thinking. Thanks for all contributions you make. Let's all work together to enable Debian to fulfil its promise as "The Universal Operating System". :)


To chat about Debian on mobile devices, please join the #debian-mobile IRC channel on

other discussions will be appropriate to have on the following lists instead:


Here are some people interested in running Debian on smartphones.


IRC nick

Hardware owned

Willing to


Paul Wise


OpenMoko FreeRunner

Offer advice

Linux mainline support for the FR, QtMoko in Debian

Didier Raboud


OpenMoko FreeRunner

Get paid to work towards Debian on Mobile devices :-p

Sicelo Mhlongo


Nokia N900

Help with testing

Working Debian on N900 with UMTS/GPRS access

?Alishams Hassam


OpenMoko FreeRunner, Google Nexus One

Help maintain wiki, file bugs, test new things

Mainline FR support, QtMoko in Debian, Debian on the Nexus One, SHR on a Debian base

Hardware & Smartphone Manufacturers product models/names


Android ROM developers







Motorola Droid

Report of booting to a native copy of debian:


Nokia N9: Hardware adaptation and other pointers at Nokia N9 wiki page.

Nokia N900: See pkg-n900 wiki page.

Nokia N800/N810




Samsung ROMs


Wikipedia Samsung M910 Intercept

CPU Samsung ?S3C6410 at 800 MHz
Memory 256 MB RAM
Storage 512 MB ROM

Qualcom radio, learned from discussion with Qualcom tech person.

Carriers Sprint, Virgin Mobile (US) Compatible networks CDMA EVDO Rev. 0 (Sprint), CDMA EVDO Rev. A (Virgin Mobile)[1]

Samsung SPH-M910 Intercept Specs
Detailed Technical Specifications of Samsung SPH-M910 Intercept

Samsung ?S3C6410 RISC Microprocessor
devices based on ?S3C6410
Samsung ?S3C6410 RISC Microprocessor Simplified Technical Specifications

Type: ?S3C6410 Manufacturer: Samsung Year Released: 2008 Predecessor: 32bit Samsung ?S3C6400 Characteristics CPU Structure (complexity): RISC Width of Machine Word: 32 bit Primary (RAM) Data bus: 32 bit Instruction Set Supported Instruction Set(s): ARMv6 CPU Core: ARM1176JZF-S Clock Frequencies Recommanded Minimum Clock Frequency: 533 MHz Recommanded Maximum Clock Frequency: 800 MHz Caches Level 1 cache: 16KiB data cache / 16 KiB instruction cache Technology Semiconductor Technology: CMOS Minimum Feature Size: 65 nm Contacts: 424 pins Supply Voltage: 1.1 V Additional Details Special Features: 16/16KB I/D TCM, 2D/3D Graphics Acceleration (OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0), ARM ?TrustZone, AHB/AXI bus, 32 channel DMA controller, Instruction and Data Memory Management Units, 32KB secure boot ROM
Related Page:
Datasheet Time: Feb 13, 08 18:44:05


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Many of the smartphone tasks are handled by the FreeSmartphone.Org (FSO) team:

Openmoko's FreeRunner is so far the device best supported:

Nokia's Maemo is based on Debian:

Also there is an ugly alternative to install Debian is to run it in a chroot dir: